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Gingersnap
04-27-2011, 11:56 AM
France and Italy in call to close EU borders in wake of Arab protests

Ian Traynor in Brussels and John Hooper in Rome
The Guardian, Wednesday 27 April 2011

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Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi

Sarkozy and Berlusconi are demanding European deportation pacts with the countries of revolutionary north Africa to send migrants home. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

France and Italy have thrown down the gauntlet over Europe's system of passport-free travel, saying a crisis of immigration sparked by the Arab spring was calling into question the borderless regime enjoyed by more than 400 million people in 25 countries.

Challenging one of the biggest achievements of European integration of recent decades, Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi also launched a joint effort to stem immigration and demanded European deportation pacts with the countries of revolutionary north Africa to send new arrivals packing.

The French president and the Italian prime minister, at a summit in Rome, opted to pile the pressure on Brussels and the governments of the other 25 EU states, demanding an "in-depth revision" of European law regulating the passport-free travel that takes in almost all of the EU with the exception of Britain and Ireland.

Prompted by the influx to Italy of almost 30,000 immigrants, mainly from Tunisia, in recent months, the two leaders warned that the upheavals in north Africa "could swiftly become an out-and-out crisis capable of undermining the trust our fellow citizens place in the free circulation within the Schengen area".

Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/26/eu-borders-arab-protests)

KhrushchevsShoe
04-27-2011, 11:58 AM
Sarkozy is probably going to lose in the upcoming election, especially if LePen's daughter makes it to the 2nd round.

Passport-free travel is one of the few good things about the EU--I doubt they'll get rid of it over fear-mongering.

Bailey
04-27-2011, 12:05 PM
If they are in any way smart they'll make sure the camel jockeys don't make their way into Europe.

Pulpfishin
04-27-2011, 05:15 PM
[B]Prompted by the influx to Italy of almost 30,000 immigrants, mainly from Tunisia

Boo fucking hoo, try 21,000,000 illegals from Mexico!

Where pray tell will liberals dream of living now that France has denounced multiculturalism?!

Pulpfishin
04-27-2011, 05:30 PM
Passport-free travel is one of the few good things about the EU--I doubt they'll get rid of it over fear-mongering.

Dumbass - it's done wonders for the US economy huh?

Over $60 billion dollars are earned by illegal aliens in the U.S. each year.

$23.9 billion sent directly to Mexico and out of our economy.

Annual COST to the US tax payer is estimated at $346 billion!

On a positive note, they sure helped reduce union membership!

How about we make a deal, kick every fucking one of them out of the country, and we'll use to money to fund health care for CITIZENS?

KhrushchevsShoe
04-27-2011, 07:19 PM
Dumbass - it's done wonders for the US economy huh?

Over $60 billion dollars are earned by illegal aliens in the U.S. each year.

$23.9 billion sent directly to Mexico and out of our economy.

Annual COST to the US tax payer is estimated at $346 billion!

On a positive note, they sure helped reduce union membership!

How about we make a deal, kick every fucking one of them out of the country, and we'll use to money to fund health care for CITIZENS?

If you weren't aware Europe and the United States are two different places.

Odysseus
04-28-2011, 04:11 PM
Sarkozy is probably going to lose in the upcoming election, especially if LePen's daughter makes it to the 2nd round.

Passport-free travel is one of the few good things about the EU--I doubt they'll get rid of it over fear-mongering.
Passport-free travel was supposed to be within the EU, not between the EU and the rest of the world. Sarkozy and Berlusconi are absolutely correct in demanding that they enforce the external borders of the EU.

If you weren't aware Europe and the United States are two different places.

I will remind of that the next time that you complain that we don't have nationalized health care.

Zathras
04-28-2011, 04:53 PM
If you weren't aware Europe and the United States are two different places.

Which you idiots on the left want to make look exactly the same.