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Brussels blog by some wire service journalists

Central control of Europe’s borders proposed


BRUSSELS (AP) _ The European Union’s executive branch proposed Friday that national borders in Europe’s visa-free travel zone be controlled by officials in Brussels, the EU capital, rather than by individual governments — a plan already opposed by Germany, France and Spain.

The proposal by the European Commission follows a call for stronger economic governance within the area that uses the euro currency, and reflects a push toward more centralized decision-making to protect the European Union’s two proudest achievements, the free movement of both people and capital.

It is unclear at this point whether either of those achievements will survive, said Paul de Grauwe, an economics professor and EU expert at the Catholic University of Leuven, in Belgium.

“I would say we are at a road, and suddenly there is a bifurcation and we have to make choice,” de Grauwe said. “One road is more integration to save the project, to save the Schengen zone and the monetary union. But there is a lot of opposition. It’s also possible that we take the other road, no further integration, and then we risk the collapse of these two experiments.”



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