Austria calls for an ‘axis of the willing’ to take action, as Rome summons French ambassador

France and Italy traded insults, rifts widened in Germany’s ruling coalition and Austria called for an “axis of the willing” to take action as a simmering row over how Europe should handle irregular migration finally boiled over.

Angrily rejecting French criticism of its immigration policies, Italy summoned the French ambassador on Wednesday and cancelled a planned meeting between the Italian economy minister and his counterpart in Paris.

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