Will The Schengen Reforms Spell The End Of The EU?

By | November 26, 2015

Could the migrant crisis and Paris terrorist attacks spell the beginning of the end of the European Union (EU)?

End of the EU? A strong statement indeed!

On what basis do I say that the flow of migrants and the recent terrorist attacks in Paris could be the catalyst to, if not the end of the EU, to the end of the very things that make the EU, the EU?

To answer that question let’s first look at the countries that comprise the EU and a brief overview of what it is that by Treaty, the EU countries have agreed to abide by…

Countries Of The European Union

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

What The EU Is: ‘EU member states share a customs union; a single market in which goods, people, and capital move freely; a common trade policy; and a common agricultural policy.’ (Source)

EU Overview: ‘The European Union has delivered more than 60 years of peace, stability, and prosperity in Europe, helped raise our citizens’ living standards, launched a single European currency (the euro), and is progressively building a single Europe-wide free market for goods, services, people, and capital.‘ (Source)

So with all of that said, why might the current crisis involving the terrorist attacks in Paris, the EU-wide (and global) manhunt for some of the key players in those attacks and the flow of migrants from war-torn countries spell the end of the EU?

Much of that has to do with the idea that people, in addition to capital and goods, have the unfettered ability to move between EU countries.

In a perfect world this poses little problem, but today we face a world that is certainly far from perfect and as a result the EU nations are in the midst of making some very difficult decisions.

Schengen reforms: Big deal, little deal or no deal?

The plan would reform the Schengen border code “to allow systematic and obligatory checks at all external borders for all travellers, including those who benefit from free movement”.

These articles tell more of the story…

EU to overhaul passport-free zone after Paris attacks

How to Save the Schengen Zone

EU to rush through Schengen reforms by end of year after Paris attacks

End of EU Border-Free System Could See Euro Fail, Warns Juncker

“If We Don’t Find A Solution Today, It’s The End Of The European Union” – Refugee Crisis Hits Tipping Point

Is this the end of the E.U.?

Michael Haltman is President of Hallmark Abstract Service in New York. He can be reached at mhaltman@hallmarkabstractllc.com.

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