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Jyllands-Posten - Denmark | Friday, May 13, 2011

Europe's hysteria over border controls

On Denmark's initiative 15 of 27 EU interior ministers approved a revision of the Schengen Agreement on Thursday in Brussels. The conservative daily Jyllands-Posten finds the criticism of the reintroduction of border controls somewhat hysterical: "Some experts and politicians are solemnly stating that this is a blow to the freedom of movement within the EU. But the freedom of movement they are speaking of - trade, labour, capital, travel - will only be minimally affected. In reality the hysteria over the border controls is not driven by practical motives. The attack on permanent border controls is an attack on the nation state. Feelings of national cohesion are supposed to be somehow suspect. But Europe has no society that can replace national societies. ... The Danes feel they have no control whatsoever over how for example the Greeks protect their section of the EU's outer perimeter. For that reason they feel more secure when the EU also offers them the possibility of controls at Denmark's borders."

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