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Reviving Border Controls

Reviving Border Controls

Seventy per cent of Austrians are in favour of reintroduction of border controls as a temporary measure, a survey published by Profil in May, while 25% of the respondents opposed such plan. The EU Interior Minister Meeting ventilated the debate on temporary lifting of border controls within the Schengen Area in April, when France and […]

Slovaks Buy Lower Austria

A few years ago the idea of living in Austria seemed unreasonable to Juraj Matus. But on May 1, 2004, along with six other ex-communist countries, Slovakia entered the European Union, bringing the two closest capitals in the world, Bratislava and Vienna, even closer. Three and a half years later Slovakia became one of the […]

Of Face Lifts And Phobias

Europe is like an old lady who has had too much surgery. Her wrinkles and wounds have been lifted so many times that people hardly recognize her anymore. Still there are surely a few distinguishable traits that persist. But which ones?  Is it her height or her voice? Is it her temper, or the scar […]

Shaping Schengen

Troops on the borders; tensions in parliament; injured pride – it’s all a bit of a mess. And as the Dec. 21 date to open the borders to new Schengen members approaches, attention is on the timing: delays, double standards. Nobody seems to be asking whether this is really a good idea anymore. Perhaps it’s […]

Border Patrols

Border Patrols

Long queues, incriminating interviews and ever-increasing expenses are a process that everyone from the Balkans goes through to obtain a visa for an EU country. After the entrance of the 10 new countries, many of the original EU-15 states, fearing a sharp increase in cheap workers from the economically weaker new members states, introduced stricter […]

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