Townhall: “The Schengen Agreement abolished many of the EU’s internal borders, enabling passport-free movement across most of the bloc.
Schengen is often criticised by nationalists and Eurosceptics who say it is an open door for migrants and criminals.
The 13 November Paris attacks, which killed 130 people, prompted an urgent rethink of the Schengen agreement. Schengen is often criticised by nationalists and Eurosceptics who say it is an open door for migrants and criminals.”
Opinion: It was Angela Merkel’s decision in summer 2015 that opened the doors to 1.1 million (mostly male) unvetted Middle Eastern and North African migrants.
And it was President Obama who said that Mrs. Merkel “was on the right side of history”, and opened the doors of the US to 10,000 Syrians despite FBI warnings that vetting the refugees was not possible.
By the end of summer, Merkel was calling for more help from other EU countries as crime and chaos swept Germany:
- French President François Hollande promised to welcome an additional 24,000
- In Britain, Prime Minister David Cameron said the U.K. would resettle up to 20,000
Sensing backlash from frightened citizens, Poland and Hungary pushed back forcefully against calls for them to absorb more refugees.
While open borders progressive politicians were repudiated on Thursday night, only one, David Cameron has stepped down.