Germany’s vice chancellor calls for European action against human traffickers after a refugee boat shipwreck in the Mediterranean was feared to have claimed 700 lives.
“All European police and border authorities must make every possible effort to fight the criminal trafficking gangs who profit from human misery,” says Sigmar Gabriel.
“We need an international operation against people smugglers.”
Gabriel spoke after the overnight capsize of a packed fishing boat that was attempting to smuggle hundreds of migrants from Libya to Italy.
“We must no longer accept that Europe on its outer borders too often means death, not humanity,” he says.