Schengen to fail in months if migration crisis not ‘under control,’ says Tusk

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(London Post)   A top EU official has warned that the outcome of the migration crisis could lead to the EU failing “as a political project.” The statement comes as Germany’s FM said closing the country’s borders is not a solution.

European Council President Donald Tusk told the European Parliament on Tuesday that EU member states had “no more than months” to manage the migration crisis, and failure to do so would result in the collapse of the Schengen passport-free travel zone.
“We have no more than two months to get things under control,” said Tusk, adding that the Schengen agreement would otherwise fail.

Tusk, who serves as chairman of European leaders, also noted that the EU would “fail as a political project” if the 28-nation bloc did not properly control its external borders.

The EU is struggling to cope with more than 1 million refugees – the majority of which have applied for asylum in Germany – who entered the 28-nation bloc’s borders, many of them fleeing war-torn countries in the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

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Border closures inevitable?

Germany’s foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, told foreign journalists on Tuesday that closing the borders of the EU’s most populous country will not solve the migration crisis, referring to a letter penned by German officials calling for such measures.

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