Spain is calling for more help from the European Union to stop boatloads of Africans from trying to enter the country illegally. Desperate to escape poverty, more than 18,000 people, mostly west Africans, have made it to the Canary Islands so far this year – more than three times last year’s total. Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, started her bid for greater support in Finland, which holds the rotating EU presidency. Following talks with Finnish leaders she said Madrid does not need more money after receiving in excess of ten million euros already from the EU. “It’s a question of implementing more effective measures”, she added.