V4report.com ? An open-border advocate and EU Parliament member from Slovenia complains about border closings and Schengen.
However, Schengen and open external borders (Spain, Greece) cannot co-exist.
We are amazed that Tanja Fajon has chosen to target so-called “illegal controls” instead of focusing on the main problem…illegal migration. Maybe she’s looking for “convenient travel without ID checks” for the migrants?
– Fajon (Party of European Socialists; PES) says convenient travel without ID checks could be a thing of the past if countries keep prolonging controls on European citizens.
Fajon said Thursday that the 26-nation Schengen area is “at serious risk due to ongoing illegal controls,” saying the EU must “establish clear rules.”
The pro-migrant lawmaker failed to mention the loss of control at the external border? Apparently, she misses the point of these border controls.
Maybe there needs to be “clear rules” for sealing the external borders instead of slandering nation states for protecting the well-being of its citizens.
We also find it amusing that Germany is one of the countries “bending the rules” (again?). Angela Merkel’s unilateral decision to ignore the Dublin accords played a major role in the chaos.
If Merkel and Friends were not granting entry to illegal migrants without IDs then maybe Schengen would not be so dysfunctional.
Fajon may want to take a look at the illegal migrant traffic in the Balkans to understand why some EU countries are reluctant to give up control of their own borders. National security comes first…before any EU or PES nonsense.
Schengen is not possible unless the external borders are sealed. Moreover, the damage has already been done with millions of illegal migrants already inside of Europe. Unless they are deported outside of Europe, Schengen may be a “thing of the past”.
No doubt there are solid benefits to Schengen but the whole system breaks down when the external borders are surrendered.
If the Socialist lawmaker wants to save Schengen, we would advise Miss Fajon to focus on initiatives to secure the external borders and to implement a permanent mechanism to deport the migrants outside of Europe.
Given the current environment, the nation states will not give up border checks, whether Brussels likes it or not.
In all reality, there is little they can do about it.
* Austria, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and non-EU country Norway reintroduced border controls on all travelers after well over 1 million migrants entered Europe in 2015.
** France resumed ID checks at its borders over security concerns after the Islamic terrorist attacks in November 2015.
*** Greece seems to be following the “rulebook”; of course, it never had any border controls. Spain is not helping the case for Schengen either.
**** The measures are meant to be temporary and last a maximum of two years under the Schengen rulebook, but lawmakers say the six countries have bent the rules for more than three years.
In our opinion, the Schengen “rulebook” was discarded right after the external borders were surrendered.