The EU is to end passport-free travel?

European nations moved to reverse decades of unfettered travel across the continent when a majority of EU governments agreed the need to reinstate national passport controls amid fears of a flood of immigrants fleeing the upheaval in north Africa.

In a serious blow to one of the cornerstones of a united, integrated Europe, EU interior ministers embarked on a radical revision of the passport-free travel regime known as the Schengen system to allow the 26 participating governments to restore border controls.

Here is the story, which I take to be big news indeed.  Addendum: Some of the comments claim that the Guardian’s account is exaggerated.  Here is a more balanced story.


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