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Italy slams EU for lack of solidarity, but faulted for same

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte is demanding “authentic” solidarity from Italy’s European Union partners on the issue of migrants, but is drawing sharp barbs himself from EU lawmakers for refusing to join a united European stand on Venezuela.

Conte, addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday evening, insisted that his country’s EU partners quit following “nationalistic logic” and instead take in some of thousands of migrants brought to Italy after being rescued at sea.

But Christian Democrat leader Manfred Weber used the debate on the future of Europe to appeal to Conte for Italy to join the “common European approach” that recognizes Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim leader until a new presidential election is held in the South American nation.

Separately, lawmaker Udo Bullmann slammed an Italian-French diplomatic spat as a “lose-lose” situation between key trading partners.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, left, shakes hands with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani prior to a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, left, shakes hands with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani prior to a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attend a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attend a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
European Parliament Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt reacts attend a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
European Parliament Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt reacts attend a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Germany Christian Democratic Union Manfred Weber, member of the Christian Social Union party, CSU, and top candidate of the European People's Party (EPP) for the European elections, attend a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Germany Christian Democratic Union Manfred Weber, member of the Christian Social Union party, CSU, and top candidate of the European People’s Party (EPP) for the European elections, attend a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
European Parliament Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt reacts attend a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
European Parliament Brexit chief Guy Verhofstadt reacts attend a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Demonstrators hold banners and placards during a pro-Maduro demonstration in downtown Rome, Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Demonstrators hold banners and placards during a pro-Maduro demonstration in downtown Rome, Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Demonstrators hold banners and placards during a pro-Maduro demonstration in downtown Rome, Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Demonstrators hold banners and placards during a pro-Maduro demonstration in downtown Rome, Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Antonio Ledezma, former mayor of Caracas , reads article 233 of the Venezuelan constitution as he attends a press conference at the Foreign Press Club in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Antonio Ledezma, former mayor of Caracas , reads article 233 of the Venezuelan constitution as he attends a press conference at the Foreign Press Club in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Members of the delegation representing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido from left, Antonio Ledezma, former mayor of Caracas, Francisco Sucre, president of the foreign affairs commission of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Rodrigo Diamanti, and Gabriel Gallo, of the National Assembly of Venezuela, attend a press conference at the Foreign Press Club in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Members of the delegation representing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido from left, Antonio Ledezma, former mayor of Caracas, Francisco Sucre, president of the foreign affairs commission of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Rodrigo Diamanti, and Gabriel Gallo, of the National Assembly of Venezuela, attend a press conference at the Foreign Press Club in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Francisco Sucre, president of the foreign affairs commission of the Venezuelan National Assembly, right, and Antonio Ledezma, former mayor of Caracas, attend a press conference at the Foreign Press Club in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Francisco Sucre, president of the foreign affairs commission of the Venezuelan National Assembly, right, and Antonio Ledezma, former mayor of Caracas, attend a press conference at the Foreign Press Club in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attend a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attend a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks during a debate on the future Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday Feb. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)