Analysis | The Walls Are Going Up Again All Over Europe

In the 1950s, France and Germany, with the keen support of Italy and the Low Countries, finally decided to end this insanity. They buried the hatchets, agreed never again to challenge the borders, then set about making them unimportant. They called that dynamic the “ever closer union.”In time it has led to boons such as a Common, and then a Single, Market; a European Community, then Union. It has created an area of completely unrestricted travel (no passports needed), whether for tourism or daily commutes. Even Switzerland, which isn’t formally in the EU, is part of this Schengen area. 

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