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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Will the EU Now Close it's Borders?

Hat tip Dagelijkse Standaard. Translation by Fousesquawk.




The conservative Dutch news outlet, Dagelijkse Standaard, has an interesting piece today reporting that the EU is considering shutting down all borders to non-EU citizens to May 15.

https://www.dagelijksestandaard.nl/2020/04/gaat-de-eu-nu-eindelijk-eens-iets-verstandigs-doen-eu-gaat-mogelijk-alle-grenzen-dichtdoen-voor-niet-eu-burgers/

Will the EU finally do something sensible? EU may close all borders to non-EU citizens
by Bart Reijmerink, April 8, 2020

We very well may experience something unique during this crisis. The Eurocrats in Brussels may decide to close all borders to non-EU citizens. It may well be time, as for weeks, the EU was painfully quiet during this pandemic, but now they are making themselves heard!

The European Commission has come up with a remarkable proposal; they want to ban all non-essential travel for non-EU citizens to May 15. This because we have not yet gotten the crisis within Europe under control.

Ultimately, it is the member states themselves who decide, but when we look at our fellow EU-member states, it doesn't look like a bad plan to keep the borders closed for another 5 weeks. The most important priority is to get the Corona virus under control.

Italy was already busy putting a temporary end to the humanitarian aid of the asylum-boat industry. It is not a crazy idea to close all the ports and borders of the EU.

"All member states have put successful regulations into effect to limit social interaction and to slow the spread of the virus," says Vice Chairperson Margaritis Schinas of the European Commission. Though the first results are "encouraging", the travel restrictions, according to him, remain necessary. "We must not open the door while we are making our own house safe."
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 What a brilliant idea! How come nobody thought of that before?

*Update: De Telegraaf is now reporting that the EU has, in fact, closed its borders to non-EU citizens till May 15.


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