Thursday, May 5, 2011

EU Considers New Border Checks

Thursday, May 5, 2011

BRUSSELS—The European Union opened the door to allowing countries to reintroduce national border controls in order to police illegal immigration, in response to growing fears about whether it can handle an influx of North African migrants.

Bringing back border checks would be allowed only under exceptional circumstances, but the measure would nonetheless be a step toward reversing unhindered travel across most of the bloc's internal borders, one of the EU's signature achievements.

"I'm worried that borders might be back," said Thorbjorn Jagland, secretary-general of the Council of Europe, the Continent's principal official human-rights organization. "This could be a very bad ...

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