The Schengen Agreement was signed in 1985. Today the agreement is a backbone of the European economy. It was signed in Schengen, Luxembourg. But the importance of the town situated near the French and German border isn’t apparent at first glance.
Europe’s refugee crisis and Islamist terror are putting a strain on one of the EU’s prestige projects. But is Germany’s decision to block free travel within the Schengen zone justified? Anthee Carassava reports.
Bolivian President Evo Morales visited Switzerland to sign an agreement to construct a massive railway line crossing the continent from Atlantic to Pacific. Supporters say the project will boost trade and create jobs.
A Franco-German-led group of EU interior ministers discussing whether to extend border controls in the EU's Schengen zone said the bloc is not ready to lift them just yet. Eastern European countries had other ideas.
After over two years, Berlin said it's still not ready to stop temporary passport controls at the Austrian border. The Interior Ministry cited fears of a terrorist attack and unbridled migration for the prolonged checks.
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