Wednesday, 6 April 2011
The Schengen Area, a subset of the European Union, where people may move without passport controls, may be in the throes of disintegrating. If it dies, it will be the Italians who killed it. They are now handing out temporary residence permits to some of the North African savages who have landed on Italian soil in recent months. Their goal is clearly to disperse the savages throughout the other countries of the European Union. The Lega Nord politician, Matteo Salvini, makes that quite clear:

The sooner we give them these papers, the sooner they'll leave our country.

In fact, they have been trying to do this already through the simple expedient of making it very easy for them to escape the camps. The hope was that they would promptly escape into France, but the French have proved unusually vigilant in policing their borders. In March, they arrested 1348 Tunisian illegal immigrants, most of whom were forced back across the border to Italy.

The residence permits being introduced by Italy will make it technically illegal for France to stop them entering the country because they will then have recognised refugee status. France has a history of ignoring EU regulations when it suits, however, and just letting itself be taken to court by the EU Commission rather than obey the rules. Normally this process would take years to resolve, by which time the crisis may have passed.

The Schengen Area concept means that the borders of any country within it are only as strong as the weakest link. Since that is Italy, that means not very strong at all. If one country just wants to pass problems on to its neighbours, the Schengen Area becomes untenable.

But the Schengen Area is one of the cornerstones of the European Union. Against a background of continued doubts about the viability of the euro, the dismantling of the Schengen Area will mark another significant step towards the dissolution of the European Union itself. That's good, of course, as it has become a significant enabler of the islamisation process that is underway. Isn't it curious, though, that the political commentators in Britain, who normally pounce on anything that reflects badly on the EU, have been resolutely silent on the North African migration issue and its implications for the Schengen Area?


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