'EUROPE IS DYING' Italian MP's furious rant at EU chiefs over migrant crisis
A FURIOUS Italian politician has declared "Europe is dying" over Brussels' handling of the migrant crisis
Luigi Di Maio, MP for the Five Star Movement, made the staggering claim as refugees continue to arrive in Italy in large numbers.
He declared his nation was "alone" as the biggest migrant crisis since the 1940s continues to grip the continent.
Italy has taken in more than 85,000 refugees and migrants so far this year, making it the main point of entry into Europe.
Writing on Facebook, Mr Di Maio said: "That's enough. On the topic of migration, Europe is dying today.
"France and Spain threaten to close their ports, and Austria will deploy the army at the Brenner border crossing.
"Walls emerge and Europe reveals its true face: at the time of need, every man for himself. In Italy, are we alone."
On the topic of migration, Europe is dying today (Luigi Di Maio)
Italian MP Luigi Di Maio attacked the EU's handling of the migrant crisis
The outspoken MP, known for his Eurosceptic rants, added: "We are alone with millions of people who are pushing south borders.
"We are alone in maintaining hundreds of thousands of people without documents, on our territory – over 85,000 in just six months.
"We find out today that the European border, which [Interior Minister] Marco Minniti claimed was 'south of Libya', is in fact located firmly north of the Alps."
The outspoken Eurosceptic claimed Italy was dealing with the crisis 'alone'
The European Commission yesterday offered Italy in €35 million (£30million) in extra funding to help deal with the crisis.
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also called on other member states to take in more refugees from Italy and Greece.
He said: "The focus of our efforts has to be on solidarity – with those fleeing war and persecution and with our Member States under the most pressure."