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The Schengen Countdown: One

In Politics on December 20, 2007 by Petr Bokuvka

The Schengen borders will open tomorrow. As of tomorrow Czechs will travel across the border without passport checks. And they will be able to stand in the Schengen line at European airports.

It is interesting to see the less obvious changes. Such as?

Czech and German river police on the Elbe River will join their forces. And tourists will be able to visit some places that were off limits until now.

A village in Austria near the border with Hungary will be guarded by a private security agency.

Slovakia, Poland and the Baltic countries are building, or have already built barbed-wire fences. It is not the new Iron Curtain, politicians say.

Some border villages on the border between the Czech Republic and Slovakia will now have easier life. When the former Czechoslovakia split in 1993 some Czech villages had the only road access from Slovakia and vice versa. So to get to a Czech border village one had to go to a border crossing and then they had to “get back to the Czech Republic” via a Slovak road…Crazy situation, I did numerous news stories on this issue….

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2 Responses to “The Schengen Countdown: One”

  1. I don’t know the origin, but the saying goes, “Good fences make good neighbors.” I imagine the fencing will help stem the tide of Muslim invasion for a time. Unless the EU decides to simply surrender to the demands of the Muslims.

  2. […] Czech Daily Word writes about a few subtle changes that the Schengen expansion is likely to bring about. Share […]

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