- ‘Schengen is OVER’ Fury as Macron ‘Pits France Against Europe’ to Defend EU Free Movement
by ROMINA MCGUINNESS, https://www.express.co.uk/
FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron is upsetting his European neighbours in a wasted effort to uphold an obsolete Schengen system, right-wing rival Nicolas Dupont-Aignan has declared.
Europe is scrambling to tackle the refugee crisis, which remains unsolved in light of the lack of a common EU asylum policy. Mr Dupont-Aignan, the head of the nationalist Debout La France (Stand up France), warned the migrant crisis row threatens to end free movement in the EU. He said: “What’s interesting about the current situation is that, beyond the controversies, recent events spell the end of Schengen. That’s it, it’s over.”
The Schengen agreement enables passport-free travel in much of the EU, but is heavily criticised by eurosceptics, who say that free movement rules and the bloc’s porous borders have exacerbated the EU’s illegal immigration problem. Mr Macron is “pitting France against the rest of Europe” to defend a “system which is already dead,” Mr Dupont-Aignan said as he continued to tear apart the Schengen accord.