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Ouest France - France | Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Danger for European integration

The plans of Italy and France to reform the Schengen Agreement threaten European integration, writes the daily Ouest France: "This episode is indicative of the cooperation between Europe's various foreign policies, of which there are as many as there are member states. Under the extreme pressure fed by the fears of its constituents, each government is reacting in line with its historic, geographic and economic proximity to the refugees' countries of origin, as well as to the domestic political challenges facing it. ... For roughly eighteen months these contradictions have paralysed the actions of Catherine Ashton, the head of a non-existent European diplomacy. The lack of a common, dynamic perspective leads everyone to fight for themselves and supports the vision of Fortress Europe."

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