About: border controls

Border controls: state of emergency becoming state of normality

Germany, as well as other EU member states in the Schengen area, is extending the period of random border checks. The EU Commission is not pleased. EURACTIV’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Brexit 08-01-2019

New France-UK cooperation plan to tackle illegal Channel crossings

France and the United Kingdom are trying to stem the number of illegal crossings made by migrants across the Channel, with a new cooperation plan to be announced in the coming weeks. EURACTIV France reports.

MEPs want to revive the Schengen area

The European Parliament calls for the accession of Romania, Croatia and Bulgaria to the passport-free Schengen area, which has suffered setbacks with the reintroduction of internal border checks since 2015. EURACTIV.fr reports.

Migrant rights increasingly flouted in Europe, report says

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights points out in its report five persistent challenges for migration to the EU, from access to territory, to asylum procedures and unaccompanied children.
Brexit 28-02-2018

EU Northern Ireland offer sparks Brexit war of words

An EU proposal to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit has prompted a war of words between London and Brussels, with UK Prime Minister Theresa May saying it would threaten the “constitutional integrity” of the UK.

Leak: ‘Temporary’ internal Schengen border checks could last four years

The European Union's executive offered initial backing yesterday (14 September) to a Franco-German proposal to allow more permanent border checks within the bloc's Schengen free-travel zone.
Agrifood 31-08-2017

Hard border could spell the end for Northern Ireland’s dairy processors

Controls on the Irish border could make the island’s dairy industry “unworkable”, while tariffs could force Northern Irish milk processors out of business altogether, the sector has warned.
Agrifood 23-08-2017

Spanish MEP wants ‘migration-style’ controls on food imports at the EU border

Spanish Partido Popular MEP Esther Herranz wants to harmonise the EU's border controls to protect food and plant products and prevent pests. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAgro reports.
Brexit 28-06-2017

Irish PM warns turning goodwill into border solution looks ‘extremely difficult’

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday (28 June) it will be practically and legally "extremely difficult" to find ways to maintain an open border with Northern Ireland after Brexit.
Politics 10-04-2017

Slovenia says tougher EU border checks ‘unacceptable’

Newly-introduced tougher checks on the EU's external borders aimed at stopping suspected Islamist fighters from Iraq and Syria are "unacceptable" and should be amended, Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said yesterday (9 April).

Gibraltar traffic jams as Brexit row heats up

Gibraltar yesterday (5 April) accused Spain of causing long traffic jams with tightened border controls, saying it was "clearly a response" to rising political tensions over the British territory.
Future EU 22-02-2017

Brexit border talks doomed to fail, warns Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams, leader of Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, told EURACTIV that any customs posts set up at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland would mark a return to a hard border 12 years after military checkpoints disappeared between the two countries.
Development Policy 19-07-2016

Oxfam: World’s richest countries host just 9% of all refugees

The six biggest economies in the world currently host only 2.1 million refugees between them, while the poorest countries are forced to bear most of the burden, according to a new report by Oxfam. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 24-06-2016

Brexit threatens to undo UK’s Calais border deal

The bilateral agreement on the policing of the UK border on French territory could be one of the first victims of Brexit. EURACTIV France reports.

Commission approves extending border checks at internal Schengen borders

The European Commission approved today (4 May) extending by six months controls at several frontiers inside the free-travel Schengen area, saying checks were justified by deficiencies in Greece's management of the bloc's external border.

Commission to give green light to extension of border controls

The European Commission wants to give Germany and other member states the option of extending internal border controls beyond the middle of May. EURACTIV's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Ban Ki-moon attacks Austria’s ‘restrictive’ asylum policies

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke in front of the Austrian parliament today (28 April) and called upon the international community to find a solution to the refugee crisis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Brexit 25-04-2016

‘Vote Leave’ campaign leader calls for travel ban on Marine Le Pen

The leader of the official pro-Brexit campaign has asked the British Home Secretary to ban Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French National Front, from entering the United Kingdom. EURACTIV France reports.

Austria plans border controls at Brenner pass, Commission concerned

Austria will introduce tougher border controls at the Brenner Pass crossing with Italy from 1 June at the latest, as part of its tough response to the EU migration crisis, Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil said today (12 April). The Commission voiced concern at the news.

Protestors demand end to ‘fortress Europe’ as Austria ups border security

Closing the so-called Balkan route means refugees are now looking for alternative ways to reach Germany. The affected countries now want to work together better in order to coordinate their respective policies. EURACTIV.de reports.

Refugees frustrated in a Greek cul-de-sac

Uncertainty is rife among refugees on Greek soil as no one has told them what will happen next or how to proceed. Germany's interior minister has offered help to Athens, but downplayed the seriousness of their situation. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Elections 26-02-2016

Alain Juppé lays out pro-EU presidential campaign in Brussels

The favourite to become the French Republican party's presidential candidate, Alain Juppé, set out his stall over the future of Schengen during a visit to Brussels on Wednesday (24 February). EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 23-02-2016

Schengen in crisis as Belgium reintroduces border controls

Border controls continue to be tightened across the EU as member states scramble to react to a refugee crisis that continues to escalate.

Germany’s police cast doubt on border control extension

The German police union (GdP) has warned against putting excessive pressure on the Bundespolizei by extending border controls, calling into question whether an indefinite extension of increased checks is feasible. EURACTIV Germany reports.  

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