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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

EU Leaders Defend Borderless Europe

Map of the Schengen area



European Union leaders defended Friday the principle of free travel throughout much of the continent, approving the creation of new rules to make the use of national border controls within the bloc “a very last resort” only.

As the euro currency comes under increasing pressure because of the Greek financial meltdown, the leaders cemented another cornerstone of European unity created over the past quarter century by backing the principle of borderless travel.

After Italy, France and Denmark all took action over the past months to roll back visa-free travel, German chancellor Angela Merkel said the EU should cherish this “huge asset that we cannot afford to put at risk by national sensitivities.”


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