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The end of Schengen?

Fences are going up in the middle of Europe and border controls are being reintroduced to stop the flow of refugees. The Netherlands has even put forward the idea of a "mini Schengen" zone. Is restricting freedom of travel the right answer to the refugee crisis?

e-vestnik - Bulgaria | Saturday, 9. January 2016

Merkel has Europe on her conscience

Angela Merkel has put European cohesion at risk with her refugee policy, the oppositional website e-vestnik comments: » more

Sega - Bulgaria | Thursday, 7. January 2016

Bulgaria wants to hush up refugee death

A Bulgarian border guard shot and killed an Afghani refugee on the border with Turkey in October. But investigations by the police and prosecutors are moving at a snail's pace, the daily Sega criticises, smelling a rat: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Tuesday, 5. January 2016

Öresund ID checks destroy vision

The reintroduction of passport controls for people travelling to Sweden from Denmark comes as a major blow to the European Union, the centre-left daily The Guardian rails: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Tuesday, 5. January 2016

Domino effect can still be avoided

The controls on the border between Denmark and Sweden don't necessarily spell the end of Schengen but could instead lead to greater cooperation on refugee policy, writes the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 5. January 2016

The North wants to shut out the South

The border controls in Northern Europe are the first step towards a reconstituted Schengen Area, the centre-left daily La Repubblica fears: » more

Lost in EUrope - Belgium | Monday, 4. January 2016

2016 could see the end of Schengen

Warnings that Europe might collapse are no longer merely expressions of concern lacking in substance, journalist Eric Bonse writes in his Blog Lost in EUrope: » more

Finanz und Wirtschaft - Switzerland | Tuesday, 5. January 2016

Maintain Schengen, protect external borders

The reintroduction of border controls could backfire, warns Daniel Gros, Director of the Centre for European Policy Studies, in the liberal business weekly Finanz und Wirtschaft: » more

Sme - Slovakia | Tuesday, 29. December 2015

Row over refugee quotas was superfluous

A lot of time has been wasted as a result of the dispute between Eastern and Western Europe over the refugee crisis, the liberal daily Sme notes: » more

Äripäev - Estonia | Tuesday, 22. December 2015

Exodus to Europe: Border controls will hurt transport sector

In view of the refugee crisis and the danger of terrorist attacks, the EU is discussing the temporary reintroduction of border controls in the Schengen Area. Kadri Johanson, CEO of the trans-Baltic parcel service Cargobus, describes in the business paper Äripäev what that would mean for the transport sector: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 20. December 2015

British have the chance to take the lead in EU

British Prime Minister David Cameron's proposal for limiting social welfare benefits for non-EU citizens was rejected at the EU summit on Thursday. To encourage people to vote against a Brexit the advocates of the EU in the UK should stress the new opportunities it offers, writes the liberal daily the Financial Times: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 16. December 2015

At last EU is listening to Eastern Europe

At last the EU Commission has realised that Europe's outer borders need proper protection, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes with relief: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 7. December 2015

Exodus to Europe: EU as helpless as in the euro crisis

The refugees crisis is once again exposing the weaknesses of the European Union, the centre-left daily Der Standard writes, urging patience and a cool-headed approach: » more - Greece | Friday, 4. December 2015

Exodus to Europe: Tsipras only falls in line under threat

In the Greek town of Idomeni on the border between Greece and Macedonia a refugee was electrocuted on Thursday when he climbed onto a train and accidentally touched an electric cable. Between 5,000 and 6,000 refugees are currently stranded in Idomeni. Greece asked the EU for help on Thursday - but only after EU representatives threatened to kick Greece out of the Shengen zone, the liberal website Protagon fumes: » more

Blog Pitsirikos - Greece | Wednesday, 2. December 2015

Exodus to Europe: Threat of expulsion can't rattle Athens

According to a report by the Financial Times EU representatives have threatened to expel Greece from the Schengen Area if it fails to implement certain measures for fighting the refugee crisis before the EU summit in mid-December. Blogger Pitsirikos suggests how Athens should react: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Tuesday, 1. December 2015

The only way to save Schengen

Resuming membership talks with Turkey is the right way to save the Schengen agreement and correct the mistakes of the past, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Friday, 27. November 2015

Exodus to Europe: Defence of outer borders better than mini-Schengen

According to reports in the media the Dutch government is considering the creation of a "mini-Schengen" zone made up of the Benelux countries, Germany and Austria. The conservative daily Rzeczpospolita views such plans as highly reprehensible: » more

Standart - Bulgaria | Thursday, 26. November 2015

Security in the EU only possible with borders

Only the reintroduction of border controls within the Schengen Area can guarantee security for the people of Europe, the daily Standart argues: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Wednesday, 25. November 2015

Exodus to Europe: Tougher asylum rules won't solve the problem

The red-green government in Sweden announced the introduction of more stringent asylum rules on Tuesday. The rights of family members to join their relatives in Sweden will be restricted, as will the issue of permanent residency permits. This won't solve the problem, the liberal daily Dagens Nyheter warns: » more

Večer - Slovenia | Saturday, 21. November 2015

"Mini Schengen" and other signs of decay

In view of the refugee crisis the Dutch government has called for the creation of a "mini Schengen" zone in which passport-free travel would only be possible in a core group made up of the Benelux countries, Germany and Austria. The process of crumbling European solidarity is unstoppable, the liberal daily Večer fears: » more

Iswestija - Russia | Tuesday, 17. November 2015

Global perspectives: Alexander Prokhanov predicts rise of a fascist Europe after attacks

The Paris attacks will prompt a spectacular shift to the right in Europe, the controversial nationalist author Alexander Prokhanov predicts in the pro-government Moscow-based daily Izvestia: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Wednesday, 11. November 2015

Exodus to Europe: Ljubljana following Berlin and Vienna

Slovenia plans to build temporary barriers on its border with Croatia to ensure that refugees are steered towards the border crossing points. Controlled border crossing would still be possible, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar explained on Tuesday. According to Cerar, Austria and Germany have decided not to take in more than 6,000 refugees daily. The centre-left daily Delo identifies two reasons for the decision to erect barriers: » more


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