France and Germany beef up their borders

Published on 7 June 2012 at 12:12

European Ministers of the Interior must decide on June 7 the conditions under which the borders of the Schengen area can remain closed, reports Berlin’s Tageszeitung.

Member states may, however, regain control of their borders with other Schengen states in the event that the external borders of the Schengen area are not sufficiently secured.

France and Germany appear to have prevailed over the European Commission, the paper notes —

The Commission initially proposed that the restoration of border controls would be decided at the European level. That notion was rebuffed, however, by the member states, and Berlin’s opposition was unexpectedly fierce. When France and Denmark acted on their own authority last year to reimpose controls at their own borders, the German government complained about their going it alone. Now it seems to want to make this exceptional course of action the general rule.

The success of the proposal will depend now on the European Parliament, the Tageszeitung writes. A growing number of MEPs are objecting to this text because it excludes the European Parliament from all the decisions on the rules of the Schengen area.

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