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Libération - France | Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hands off the Schengen Agreement

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and French President Nicholas Sarkozy meet today in Rome to discuss a reform of the Schengen Agreement in view of the flood of refugees from North Africa. But reintroducing border controls would only play into the hands of anti-European forces, warns the left-liberal daily Libération: "The Schengen Area represents an historic and democratic step forward, one which nationalist and opportunist politicians of all stripes have a hard time stomaching. They dream of reintroducing the outdated attributes of national sovereignty on the first possible occasion. So let's not fool ourselves: 'reviewing' the protective clauses of the agreement in fact means attacking all that remains of Europe's dynamism. That would be to flatter xenophobic and Europhobic factions among national electorates by pointing to ... Brussels' negligence."

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