The Schengen Agreement is regarded as a milestone of European integration. It allows travel across participating EU member states without border checks. Vehicles and trains also enjoy free movement across borders.
The EU wants to streamline military movements across the bloc and make infrastructure more suitable for military use. The plan has been dubbed a "military Schengen," a reference to Europe's passport-free travel zone.
The newly appointed interior minister has again caused controversy by calling for tighter internal border controls, just as the EU wants them to be eased. The EU was failing to control the external border, he said.
Germany's interior minister has defended a request to continue checks by accusing the EU of failing to protect its external borders. Germany is one of six countries that reimposed controls in the visa-free Schengen zone.
Just as it did the previous year, Germany handled more asylum applications in 2017 than all fellow EU members combined. The way Germany interprets the Dublin agreement suggests the discrepancy is set to continue.
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