About: schengen area

Migrants at German-Austrian border will be returned, says Seehofer

After a meeting in Vienna on Thursday (5 July), Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz welcomed Germany’s decision to send back rejected asylum seekers to the EU countries where they first came in – namely Italy, Greece and Spain.
Global Europe 05-07-2018

Domino effect of German border closure awaits crucial Vienna talks

The Austrian government remains cautious but warned there will be consequences if the German border is closed, ahead of a meeting with Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Thursday (5 July) in Vienna.

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.
Global Europe 27-02-2018

Serious shortcomings in the French draft law on asylum

The "Dublin Regulation", the cause of much controversy in the management of migration flows, appears to have been completely left out of France’s draft law on immigration and asylum, put forward by the government on Wednesday 21 February. EURACTIV.fr reports.

Bulgaria, Romania have made progress but still more needed – EU report

Bulgaria and Romania have made some progress in implementing judicial reforms and the fight against corruption but "there is still more work to be done," the Commission said in its regular report on the two countries that remain blocked from joining the borderless Schengen area despite becoming EU members in 2007.
Armenia 02-10-2017

Armenia urged to ‘do homework’ to prepare for visa-free travel

Armenia’s government has been urged to start “internal preparations” for visa liberalisation, the process for which could be started at a summit in November.
Politics 07-04-2017

EU starts systematic checks at external borders today

Europeans will face systematic checks at the external borders of the EU's Schengen area beginning on Friday (7 April) under legislation designed to tackle "foreign fighters" returning from Iraq and Syria.
Freedom of thought 22-03-2017

EU anti-terror czar: ‘The threat is coming from inside Europe’

A year after the Brussels attacks, Gilles de Kerchove told EURACTIV.com about the fast pace of development of EU security policy, calling for the “systematic use of biometrics” and “batch comparison” of databases in order to boost security in the Schengen area.
Future EU 08-03-2017

MEPs and mayors discuss strategies to fight populism

In the wake of Brexit and the rise of populism, EU lawmakers and municipal leaders gathered on Tuesday (7 March) to discuss potential strategies to defeat Euroscepticism.
Elections 07-02-2017

Europe emerges as major battlefront in French election

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, the two front-runners in the French presidential race, both chose Lyon to officially launch their presidential campaigns at the weekend (4 February). Europe emerged as the central issue in the race to the Elysée Palace. Euractiv France reports.

Romania praised again in EU justice monitoring report but weaknesses remain

The European Commission has released its latest report on Romania's progress under the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism, which puts its judicial system under close surveillance for potential corruption and organised crime. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Croatia inches closer to Schengen membership

The European Commission on Wednesday (18 January) proposed the gradual integration of Croatia into the Schengen Information System (SIS), bringing the newest EU member state slightly closer to full membership of the EU borderless area.
Security 11-01-2017

German ministers agree on tougher rules for migrants posing security risk

Germany's interior and justice ministers, representing the two blocs in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition, agreed on Tuesday (10 January) on tougher measures for asylum seekers whose documents are not in order or who are deemed to pose a security threat.
Global Europe 09-05-2016

How many have to die before we say ‘welcome’ to refugees?

Today (9 May) is Europe day. A day meant for celebration, but instead we mourn the thousands who have died and the many still dying trying to reach us. But we refuse this situation, write a number of representatives from young Socialist organisations.
Global Europe 04-03-2016

EU unveils plan to restore Schengen by the end of 2016

The EU on Friday (4 March) unveiled a "roadmap" to end border controls imposed by member states because of the migrant crisis and restore by the year's end the Schengen passport-free travel area.
Global Europe 29-02-2016

Peruvians all set for visa-free Schengen travel

Peru's migration authority has started issuing its first biometric passports that will allow its citizens to undertake short-term visa-free travel within the Schengen area.
Global Europe 15-02-2016

Merkel warns against Visegrad’s plans for a ‘reserve border system’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned yesterday (14 February) against plans for a “reserve border system” devised by the Visegrad Four, the group of countries including Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.
Europol's new HQ

New European police centre launches to ‘help anti-terror coordination’

EU ministers open talks Monday (25 January) in Amsterdam on ways to save the Schengen passport-free zone from collapse, and tackle the jihadist scourge, as a new counter-terrorism centre in The Hague is launched.

EU should erect new Greek frontier to stop migrants, Hungarian PM says

The European Union should establish a new frontier on the northern border of Greece, because an agreement with Turkey will not be enough, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday (8 January).

EU to host Schengen talks with Sweden and Denmark

The EU said it will host emergency talks Wednesday (6 January) with Denmark, Sweden and Germany about new migrant border checks that have sparked fresh concerns about Europe's Schengen passport-free zone.
EU Priorities 2020 18-12-2015

German ex-ambassador: EU Council ‘stands in the way of efficient and integrated Union’

The European Council represents national sovereignty “as if Europe were still in the days of the Vienna Congress,” says Dr Dietrich von Kyaw. The former German ambassador to the EU says this is “problematic” at a time when the EU needs a strong European Commission.

EU debates longer-term suspension of Schengen travel-free zone

EU interior ministers will discuss a proposal on Friday (4 December) that could allow new border controls between European states for up to two years as an unprecedented migration crisis strains the Schengen free-travel zone.

Harlem Désir: ‘We urgently need an effective PNR system’

France is pushing to accelerate the adoption of the European Passenger Name Record (PNR). The French Minister of State for European affairs urged MEPs to support the bill, and to reach an agreement by the end of the year.

Schäuble: refugees like ‘avalanche’ triggered by ‘careless skier’

Germany's finance minister has warned that the influx of refugees could have a dramatic and unpredictable effect on the country. EURACTIV Germany reports.

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