Over the last few years, the EU’s discourse
concerning border controls has presented a paradox – on
the one hand, the EU promotes good neighbourly relations, while
on the other hand it emphasises the need to strictly implement
the Schengen acquis on border controls and visa regimes.
According to this article by
CEPS Working Documents
series, the main underlying obstacle to a good and open
partnership between the EU and the candidate states, and in
turn between the enlarged EU and its neighbours, is a lack of
trust towards the EU’s neighbours.