German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the Schengen zone, which allows passport-free travel across mainland Europe, cannot continue in its current form unless other EU countries accept their share of migrants…reports Asian Lite News
The European Union could be forced to bring back border controls in the wake of the migrant crisis, Angela Merkel has said.
The German Chancellor said for the first time that the Schengen zone, which allows passport-free travel across mainland Europe, cannot continue in its current form unless other EU countries accept their share of migrants, reports The Telegraph.
Mrs Merkel said that while she did not want freedom of movement rules to be tightened, the issue would arise if responsibility for accepting migrants was not shared.
Her comments echo those made by Thomas de Maiziere, the German interior minister, who also raised the prospect of border controls earlier this month, Telegraph adds.
And they signal that European leaders are beginning to question whether the EU can continue to exist with open borders as it struggles to cope with the hundreds of thousands of migrants coming into the continent from Africa and the Middle East.
Speaking in Berlin, Mrs Merkel said: “Europe as a whole needs to move. Member states must share responsibility for asylum-seeking refugees.”
Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, is set to receive 800,000 asylum seekers this year, four times the total for 2014 and more than any other EU country.
“If we don’t arrive at a fair distribution then the issue of Schengen will arise – we do not want that,” Mrs Merkel added.
“We stand before a huge national challenge. It will be a central challenge not only for days or months but for a long period of time.”
The new measures came after 71 migrants were found dead inside the back of an abandoned lorry in Austria last week.
Austrian police say more than 200 others were recovered alive.
Mr Cameron has said that treaty chance will be needed to help deter welfare tourists from coming to Britain by stopping EU migrants claiming benefits for the first four years they are in the UK.
Mr Cameron is set to be called before the Strasbourg Parliament in October or November to explain his renegotiation plans in detail, in an encounter that would allow critics such as Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, to challenge him in public.
Meanwhile, the EU on Monday announced that it will use €5 million taxpayers’ money to build another camp for migrants at Calais.