EU Agrees Mediterranean Naval Mission to Tackle People Smugglers

European Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to set up a naval mission in the Mediterranean to target gangs smuggling people from lawless Libya to Europe. The EU's foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini said the decision taken at a meeting of foreign and defense ministers in Brussels would "disrupt the business model of smugglers and traffickers networks in Mediterranean". The European Union ultimately wants to capture smugglers and destroy their boats off the Libyan coast to help it tackle the rising number of migrants fleeing war and poverty in North Africa, but many EU countries want U.N. authorization to act.