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Denmark Wants Permanent Border Controls to Stop Immigration, Terrorism

Despite of the continuous criticism by the EU towards the member countries that carry internal borders, Denmark is looking into introducing permanent border control in order to deal with illegal migration and terrorism. Only this week, the Prime Minister of Denmark Lars Lokke Rasmussen proposed that Denmark should undertake such a step, just a [...]

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Finns Party Euro Candidate Wants Finland to Leave Schengen for Visa-Free Travel With Russia

A member of the Finnish populist political party, called the Finns party, claims he wants to scrap the Schengen visa agreement, so that Finland can create visa-free travel with Russia instead. Olli Kotro, who is a candidate of Finns Party for the upcoming European Parliament Elections said so during an interview with a pro-Kremlin Media..

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Switzerland’s Vote to Tighten Gun Laws Safeguards Its Schengen Membership

On Sunday, May 19, an overwhelming number of Swiss voters showed in a referendum their support for stricter gun laws in Switzerland. With this vote, the non-EU country aligned with the new EU regulation thus safeguarding its Schengen Area membership. A majority of voters in 25 cantons of Switzerland backed the reform, while only in..

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Merkel: Croatia Is on the Right Path to Join Schengen – Germany Supports Its Accession

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel showed the support of Germany for Croatia’s Schengen Area accession, last weekend during a meeting with the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, in Zagreb. Chancellor Merkel visited Zagreb to support the European People’s Party (EPP), the main center-right group running in next week’s EU [...]

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Nationals of Countries With Visa-Free Access Lodge Over a Quarter of Asylum Applications in EU+

The EU+ countries have received the highest recorded number of applications lodged by nationals exempt from the Schengen Visa requirement, last March. 28% of the overall number of applications filed in March 2019, were from nationals of the 62 countries that benefit from the visa-free access to the Schengen Area. Data by the European Commission..

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Romania’s Schengen Accession in Jeopardy Over Rule of Law

The much sought after Schengen accession is in jeopardy for Romania after the European Union threatened its highest institutions and officials to take legal steps over the rule of law. The European Commission warned Romania on Monday that it should reverse the measures that undermine the independence of its court and the fight against corruption,..

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Additional Slovenian Soldiers to Protect Schengen Border with Croatia

Slovenia has deployed additional members of the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) to protect the Schengen border with Croatia, due to the number on the rise of illegal border crossing. The SAF confirmed last weekend that an additional 35 soldiers were deployed to the border on Saturday, while there are currently 66 soldiers in a daily..

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Romania Could Partially Join the Schengen Area With Its Airports This Year

After recent comments by the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte that Romania is not going in the right direction in its endeavor to join the Schengen Area, which sparked reactions among Romanian officials, the Romanian Ambassador to Germany Emil Hurezeanu has stepped into the debate. According to Ambassador Hurezeanu, Romania’s accession to the [...]

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Ukrainians Made 33 Million Trips to the Schengen Area Within Two Years

Two years after the Council of the European Union decided to abolish visas for Ukrainian citizens traveling to the Schengen Area for short-term visits, the Ukrainian diplomatic mission to the EU announced through Facebook that Ukrainian travelers made 33 million trips to the Schengen countries within this period. Over 2.5 million of these [...]

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Georgian PM Denies Claims That Georgia May Be Deprived of Schengen Visa Liberalization

Just a few weeks after the Georgian Justice Minister Tea Tsulukiani warned that visa-free travel with the Schengen zone is going through difficulties, the Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze told to journalists that “it is groundless to say Georgia may be deprived of visa liberalization”. During a press conference, when asked whether there was a real..

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