Germany is pushing for the European Commission to put forward a proposal allowing the European agency tasked with coordinating border agencies, Frontex, to take over when a member is not effectively defending the European Union’s external borders. Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said today that Germany and France will both seek the creation of a new, separate European border and coast guard system.
These new proposals are being floated publicly just as European interior ministers are meeting today to discuss not only enhanced security measures and external border patrols, including a Passenger Name Records system for air passengers, but also a proposal to suspend some Schengen rules for up to two years, allowing countries to impose temporary internal border within the current free movement zone.
The proposals on the table highlight two contradictory movements in Europe. On the one hand, countries are pushing to regain the ability to impose border controls, allo