I think Mike Bloomberg could be a potentially very good President. He was an excellent Mayor of New York, got a lot of good things done – I don’t agree with him on every issue. But I think he would bring a lot of ability. I think that the election has shaped up in a very unconstructive way dominated by populist anger against political elites and therefore making it harder for there to be a more…
You will never have an international regime, in my opinion, that will take over the powers and authority, least of all in Britain, on this, because national policy rules. So it depends on the country that you apply to, I am afraid. So there [would be no] international solution for your friend.
I think that Tunisia is doing great to limit any kind of migrants crossing its own border from Tunisia to Italy. The problem is in Libya, because Libya is not quite organised to have important organisations working to limit the cross of immigrants in terms of internal border. Also, Libyan tribes and Libyan criminal organisations use migrants and money obtained from them in order to finance its own criminal projects. This is the main problem.
Last summer, as you both probably know, there was an increase in the flows of refugees coming into Europe. During this time I, for some time, have been researching on the issue of global migration and refugee governance and I was reading the news and seeing walls going up in Bulgaria, the gas being used, particularly abusive policies used on the borders of Europe against refugees. I have also lived in Sicily ten years ago and seen and read the news of people drowning off the coast, so it was something that has been on my mind for a long time.
We have a criticism of the European and Western approach, including the Americans. Because at the end of the day, what they fear is terrorism. The other part of it is the fear of the other – the inherent racism in Europe, where the people do not want [refugees] – and that is why even during this evening’s discussion you do not want to call it a humanitarian crisis, because then you have to apply humanitarian standards and humanitarian responsibilities. So, it is about avoiding all of that, for which Europe is supposed to uphold and stand for.