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Salvini Tells Germany Next Year Will Show Whether EU Has Future

  • Interior minister cited in interview with Germany’s Spiegel
  • Salvini says aware migration stand could make Merkel fall
Matteo Salvini

Matteo Salvini

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Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said the next 12 months will determine whether the European Union can hold together as the bloc’s leaders prepare for emergency talks on immigration this weekend.

Since taking office as part of a populist coalition last month, Salvini has been stirring up tensions over migration policy, refusing rescue ships access to Italian ports, sparring with French President Emmanuel Macron and demanding other EU countries take more of the asylum seekers landing in Italy from Africa. That’s set Italy on course for a clash with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a meeting in Brussels Sunday.