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Der Standard - Austria | Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Free circulation threatened in EU

Italy and France's demands that the Schengen Agreement be amended pose a threat to the EU in the eyes of the left-liberal daily Der Standard: "Now Paris and Rome are directly calling into question the freedom afforded by Schengen. The flood of immigrants from North Africa is the current excuse, but in reality the agreement has long since been a thorn in the side of conservative governments. It's clear that after the euro's problems a second, highly symbolic EU cornerstone is now beginning to crumble: the passport-free travel of 400 million Europeans. This doesn't have to be the end of the European Union, but after its rapid expansion over recent decades the new border debate highlights how even the EU has reached its limits. And neither Sarkozy nor Berlusconi nor other EU leaders seem too bothered - despite all the professions of commitment to Europe."

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