‘Schengen is Dead’: EU Failed to Protect Its Key Ideals Amid Refugee Crisis

Monday, February 22, 2016
By Paul Martin


Failing to recognize the full extent of the ongoing refugee crisis, the European Union (EU) has failed to stand up to its own ideals, bringing an end to the Schengen Area, French political analyst and author Maxime Tandonnet wrote for Le Figaro.

The EU was essentially built on two major principles — the single currency and free movement of people under the Schengen Agreement. And now one can effectively say that Schengen, one of the pillars of the EU, is “dead,” Tandonnet said, according to Le Figaro.

The influx of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa in 2015 has caused turmoil in Western Europe and is expected to bring some monumental changes on the continent, the author argued.

“This gigantic construction [Schengen] is quickly disintegrating under the impact of current events,” Tandonnet explained, citing how a number of EU-member states have thrown the idea of free movement of people out of the window and have begun checking documents at border control areas.

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