More Border Checks for Schengen Zone

Jan. 4, 2016 The refugee crisis has not only contributed to the ongoing fragmentation of Europe, but has also impacted the cohesion of Germany’s ruling coalition.

Briefing

|January 4, 2016

Over a third of European countries belonging to the Schengen zone imposed at least temporary border checks in 2015, threatening to undermine one of the main accomplishments of European integration – free movement. In Geopolitical Futures’ annual forecast for 2016, we wrote that this will be a year of significant fragmentation for the European Union. Europe will become a quilt of open borders, conditionally open borders and tightly controlled borders.

Today, Europe took another step intensifying the continent’s fragmentation. Sweden began implementing border checks for travelers arriving from Denmark, a transit point for refugees heading to Sweden. Sweden is a highly popular destination for refugees: in 2015, 163,000 people sought asylum in Sweden, according to official statistics. In response, Denmark, fearing a spike in asylum application due to Sweden’s new restrictions, introduced border checks on its border with Germany earlier today. These moves come a week after Norway announ

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