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European Commission wants border controls within the schengen area is to be shut down

The European Commission, the member states Friday called upon to stop internal border controls within the schengen area. “The Europeans have the sense to continue to have that they are free to travel.’

Within the schengen area should, in principle, no border controls take place, but at the height of the vluchtelingencrisis in 2015, decided a number of countries to re-identity checks in at some border crossings. They made use of a temporary exceptional measure, but that has since been twice extended. As became known this week that Austria and Germany the possibility of border controls aim to keep renew up to may of next year.

“I can think of no Europe with closed borders proposals, we must not go back to the past’, responded to the european commissioner for Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos on Friday for the start of a meeting with the European ministers. He considers the time has come to border controls on to canvases. “Some concerns are justified, but we have the past years for more safety and security are provided,” says the commissioner, who believes that increased policing more efficient.

The German minister Horst Seehofer, however, remains. “The conditions for a lifting of checks at the internal frontiers has not yet acquired’, he argues Friday in a statement. According to the German travel still many migrants from one member state to another and is the surveillance of the European borders, still insufficient. At the beginning of October also had France already means that it’s still six months longer limits want to be able to check. Paris refers to the persistent threat of terrorism.

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