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Focus Winter 2015/16

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What ist the way forward for the Schengen Agreement?

The Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano warned again of the negative consequences regarding the Austrian plans to close the boarder at the Brenner.

undefinedOberösterreichische Nachrichten (German)

Rome - On Tuesday the first construction works started for possible boarder controls on the "Brenner". The whol boarder management should be finished till the end of Mai. According to the government the start should be togehter with the entry into force of the new alylum law.
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The Government is focussing on "Dublin new", thus new EU rules for a consisten procedure for granting the right of asylum, what will therefore rescue as well the Schengen Agreement, thus the freedom of movement within Europe.

undefinedSalzburger Nachrichten (German)

Terrorism, criminality, illegal migrants: the minister of the interior wants to gather who is when and where entering and leaving Europe.

undefinedZeit Online (German)

From December onwards the Commission wants to have free voyage in Europa - with tight external frontiers and an end of waving through. This is the outcome of a paper that "Presse" has on hand.

undefinedDie Presse (German)

Turning away from the Schengen Agreement would bring enormous costs for the Italian economy. According to estimations of the Italian economic institute CGIA the turning away from the Schengen Agreement would cost Italy more than ten milliards euros per year.

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The EU special summit on the refugee crisis is coming closer and Europe is that much disunited as it hasn't been for a long time. Now the President of the Council of the European Union Tusk is trying to prevent the impending fiasco. Some think it is already too late. Athens is meanwhile demanding millions for help from the EU.

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The end of open boarders in the cours of the Schengen Agreement would bring considerable outcomes for the economy. A study calculated a loss of welfare of more than hundred of billions of Euros.

undefinedSüddeutsche Zeitung (German)

If Greece won't secure its boarders in a better way, Brussels will recomment all the other Schengen-members to keep the boarder control. Greece would then be on the outside.

undefinedDie Presse (German)

In a study the Bertelsmann-Stiftung is warning of setbacks in growth, which would bring the end of the Schengen Agreement with them. But there are as well economists who think that the alarmism is overdrawn.

undefinedNeue Zürcher Zeitung (German)

If boarder controlls would be reintroduced permanently in the EU Germany and the whole Euopean Union would have to face massive setbacks in growth and welfare.

undefinedWirtschaftsblatt (German)