Thursday, February 18, 2016

The End Is Nigh For Europe...........

The End Is Nigh For Europe

The Schengen Area is the area comprising 26 European countries that have abolished passport and any other type of border control at their common borders, also referred to as internal borders. It mostly functions as a single country for international travel purposes, with a common visa policy.

Well, no one can say the writing wasn't on the wall.

With Europe at a complete and total loss as to how to deal with the bloc's worst refugee crisis since World War II, countries have increasingly adopted their own, ad hoc "solutions" which include razor wire anti-migrant fences in Hungary and the suspension of Schengen in Austria, where the backlash against asylum seekers is growing more palpable by the day.

An ill-fated quota system devised by Berlin and Brussels proved more divisive than it did helpful and the wave of alleged sexual assaults that swept through the region on New Year's Eve threatens to derail the settlement effort altogther.

"We have until March, the summer maybe, for a European solution," one unnamed German official told Retuers last month. "Then Schengen goes down the drain."

"There is a big risk that Germany closes," another official said, suggesting that Angela Merkel may eventually bow to the domestic political pressure and reverse the country's open-door policy. "From there, no Schengen ... There is a risk that February could start a countdown to the end."

Well sure enough, reports now indicate that European officials are prepared to suspend Schengen for a period of 2 years. 

From Reuters:


Like a stock halted limit down, there's a very good chance that once suspended, Schengen will never again be open for "trading".

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