February 12, 2016
The Schengen Agreement in 1990 allowed lifted border controls and adopted a common visa policy among members of the European Union. But today, the tide of refugees migrating to Europe jeopardizes that pledge. Most countries remain open, but Germany, Austria, and Sweden have imposed temporary border controls, while Hungary has fenced off its borders to Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.
If the situation has not improved by May, the EU could legally allow the Schengen nations to keep their borders closed for another two years. (BBC)
Europe is running out of optimism.
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