Italy’s deal with Albania on migrant camps capped at 3,000 migrants

Albania will hold a maximum of 3,000 migrants at any one time under a deal announced this week allowing Italy to build two migrant reception and detention camps there, official documents showed on Wednesday. The scheme is the first example of a non-EU country accepting migrants on behalf of an EU nation.

Italy’s migrant deal with Albania faces rights hurdles and red tape

Italy’s government is hailing as “historic” a plan to send seaborne migrants to Albania, but experts and opposition politicians warn that it could face significant bureaucratic and human rights obstacles. The move is part of an EU-wide drive to clamp down on irregular immigration.

Meloni to visit Athens, discuss stability pact, migration

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni will pay a working visit to Athens on Thursday. Meloni will meet with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and, according to government spokesman Pavlos Marinakis, bilateral and regional issues and European agenda issues will be discussed.

Back to black in Italy

A century ago, at the end of October 1922, Benito Mussolini’s Blackshirts marched toward Rome, which they took over.

Five charged smuggling 96 migrants to Italy by sea

Five people were arrested on the island of Karpathos Tuesday and charged with trying to smuggle nearly a hundred migrants into Europe on an unsafe vessel last week, using what appears to be a new direct sea route from crisis-afflicted Lebanon to Italy.

Ten years on, Italy faces debt crisis Draghi may not solve

Just like a decade ago, investors are questioning whether some euro zone countries can continue to roll over their public debts, which have ballooned during the pandemic and are becoming more expensive to refinance as the ECB prepares to raise interest rates.