Europe Tigthens Its Internal Borders

“Migrant Crises Leads to Calls to Tighten Borders in Europe,” by Andrew Higgins for the New York Times:

Eager to push the migration crisis back beyond their own frontiers, European leaders agreed late Thursday to strengthen border controls and endorsed a deal with Turkey aimed at stopping the flow of Syrians and others before they can reach Europe.

Gathered in Brussels for their fourth consecutive summit meeting focused on the issue of migrants, leaders agreed to strengthen an existing but largely powerless European border agency, Frontex, and to commit officers from their own national border services to help front-line states like Greece.

“Protection of our external borders is the main priority today,” said Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, the body that convenes summit meetings, adding that help from Turkey was crucial to this goal…

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