Friday, February 19, 2016

''Schengen's stress test: political issues and perspectives'' António Vitorino and Yves Bertoncini

''António Vitorino and Yves Bertoncini analyse the civic and diplomatic roots of the crisis in the Schengen area in order to diagnose its scale and to identify a potential way out over the coming months. Their policy paper combines three sets of political statements and recommendations: 
1. Schengen under fire from opposing political visions
- While all of the Europeans agree on perceiving Islamist terrorism as a threat, some of them can perceive asylum-seekers as “victims” and others as a threat.
- “Schengen” is caught in a cross-fire between national political representations that overrate the real protective potential of borders, and pro-European representations that play down the original agreement’s security-related aspects and the popular dimension of free movement.
- “Schengen bashing” is used by national authorities eager to offload their own failings and responsibilities as regards the evolution of the refugee crisis and in the face of terrorist threats..''

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