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Sme - Slovakia | 20/12/2007

Extending the Schengen area

The entry of the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the Schengen area makes the border between the two countries, set up 15 years ago upon the division of Czechoslovakia, superfluous," says Michal Piško. "Those in the border regions are happiest about this, because they have relatives and property on the 'other side.' As Mayor Josef Tkaldec of the Czech village of Horní Lideč put it, 'At the time of separation, we didn't think that the border issue would be solved so elegantly a few years later.' The new situation means more in emotional than practical terms, because in fact the people could already cross the border unofficially."

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