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Friday, April 16, 2021

Merkel Calls for EU Border Reforms amid Terror Attacks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed that it was urgently necessary for the EU to reform the open-border Schengen area after the recent terror attacks in France and Austria.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed that it was urgently necessary for the EU  to reform the open-border Schengen area after the recent terror attacks in France and Austria.

“I want to mention the entry-exit system in the Schengen area, which should be ready in 2022. It is vitally necessary to know who comes in and who leaves the Schengen area,” said Merkel. 

Merkel made the statement during a virtual news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, on the screen, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, at the chancellery in Berlin.

Terrorism has not been a top priority for the EU since the defeat of Islamic State forces in the Middle East in 2017.

The attacks in Nice, France, and Vienna, Austria were believed to be possible because the terror suspects in each incident were able to freely between Schengen countries.

Merkel sided with Macron who first mentioned the need for stricter controls along the Schengen area, which is comprised of 26 countries, including most of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.

“You can only can preserve it (Schengen) if we urgently, urgently focus on the external borders,” said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

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