A worsening coronavirus pandemic has driven European leaders to revive border controls within the European Union after three decades of efforts to abolish internal borders within the continent.
H/T: Washington Examiner
“Travel restrictions are not the most effective way to contain the pandemic. But it is essential we take urgent and concerted action now to slow down the virus,” EU Embassy spokesman Kasper Zeuthen told the Washington Examiner.
“In time, action at external borders could enable the lifting of controls at internal borders. Internal border controls have a big impact on the functioning of our internal market.”
15 #Schengen countries with closed borders have notified the Commission as required: 🇫🇷🇩🇪🇦🇹🇨🇿🇭🇺🇵🇱🇱🇹🇪🇪🇵🇹🇪🇸🇫🇮🇸🇪🇩🇰🇳🇴🇨🇭)— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) March 20, 2020
It appears some with closed borders have not notified (🇸🇰&🇸🇮?)
End dates range from 26 March to 12 May
EU struggles to keeps goods moving amid border closures https://t.co/NRKshQ6sLf— Ron Kircher (@kircher_r) March 19, 2020
The EU refused to prepare for a predictable rekindling of the migration crisis—and is now responding with deadly force. https://t.co/MVARtrU8vO— marta madeira (@spiffapiffa) March 20, 2020