Tuesday, 13 September 2011

“Hello, Im Sahd Nihat from Belgium. Do you think the closing of certain portions of the EU’s frontiers is respecting citizen’s rights?”

euronews:

Well, there you are, it’s a question you’ve already talked about. France and Italy started closing their borders because of the Tunisian crisis….

Reding:

Well I think there was no Tunisian crisis. There were 10,000 Tunisians who were coming north and that doesn’t look like a crisis.

euronews:

Not to France and Italy, because they suddenly closed the borders.

Reding:

“Yes, I think they were wrong to do that, and I think to close a border can only be done in very serious situations by a European-wide decision.”

euronews:

Such as?… What kind of situations would you describe as being very serious?

Reding:

I could imagine there would be hooligans pushing through because of a football game. So that there can be serious border controls. There might be serious illnesses spreading so that goods are being controlled, but certainly not 10,000 Tunisians coming to Europe.
Source: Euronews

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