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Schengen: more fences and more checks mean increasing strain

<p>Austria says it plans to build a 3.7 kilometre fence along its border with Slovenia.</p> <p>It is the first time a barrier will have been erected between two members of the EU’s passport-free Schengen Zone. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Another day, another fence. Now Austria is building one. So much for the Schengen pact <a href="https://t.co/PHxKEixA8D">https://t.co/PHxKEixA8D</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/GlobalPost"><code>GlobalPost</a></p>&mdash; Alex Leff (</code>alexleff) <a href="https://twitter.com/alexleff/status/665149553591611392">November 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en="align"center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Austria plans to build border fence with Slovenia to control migrant flow <a href="https://t.co/jlAnKpqtzr">https://t.co/jlAnKpqtzr</a> <a href="https://t.co/fw3xTFrUaL">pic.twitter.com/fw3xTFrUaL</a></p>— The WorldPost (@TheWorldPost) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheWorldPost/status/665172528747425792">November 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <p>Officials say the barrier is legal, as it is only temporary and aimed at channeling the flow of migrants. </p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Another day, another fence. Now Austria is building one. So much for the Schengen pact <a href="https://t.co/PHxKEixA8D">https://t.co/PHxKEixA8D</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/GlobalPost"><code>GlobalPost</a></p>&mdash; Alex Leff (</code>alexleff) <a href="https://twitter.com/alexleff/status/665149553591611392">November 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en="align"center"><p lang="de" dir="ltr">Regierungs-Geheimplan: Mikl-Leitner soll mit Flüchtlingen nach Deutschland geschickt werden <a href="https://t.co/DVQFZEAF7y">https://t.co/DVQFZEAF7y</a> <a href="https://t.co/eEVUAJc3Di">pic.twitter.com/eEVUAJc3Di</a></p>— Die Tagespresse (@DieTagespresse) <a href="https://twitter.com/DieTagespresse/status/661469402819338240">November 3, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>Announcing the measures for the Spielfeld crossing in conjunction with Slovenia, Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said a 25 kilometre stretch of fence could be up within 48 hours, if necessary. <p></p> <h3>Hungary</h3> </p> <p>Austria’s decision is the latest in a series of tough measures by member states which critics say contradict the EU principle of free movement of people. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en="align"center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Hungary?src=hash">#Hungary</a> ready to build <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/fence?src=hash">#fence</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Romania?src=hash">#Romania</a>'s border says cabinet chief Janos <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/L%C3%A1z%C3%A1r?src=hash">#Lázár</a><br /> <a href="https://t.co/zjvI5p5VWr">https://t.co/zjvI5p5VWr</a></p>— Robin Marshall (@dacomms) <a href="https://twitter.com/dacomms/status/665161644301877249">November 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>The chief of staff of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s office, <strong>Janos Lazar</strong>, told reporters a fence can be set-up on the border with Romania in a short period of time. “We will only do it in the worst-case scenario and not because we want to, but because we have to to defend our country,” he said. <p></p> <h3>What is Brussels doing?</h3> </p> <p>The European Commission has formally authorised the temporary re-imposition of border controls in Germany and Sweden. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Schengen system of open borders is under strain as EU members reintroduce controls at their frontiers. <a href="https://t.co/wrPjwyu2zW">https://t.co/wrPjwyu2zW</a></p>— Brian C (@FoxUniChaKilo) <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxUniChaKilo/status/665155188018257920">November 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <p>Germany re-established border checks on September the 13th and has since extended them for six months.</p> <p>Sweden re-instigated border checks to check the flow of migrants coming through Denmark.</p> <p>The EU decision is similar to others granted to Austria, Hungary and Slovenia when they brought in temporary controls in recent weeks. <p></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sweden shuts. Schengen closes. The EU project falls apart <a href="https://t.co/aGFkcC36kV">https://t.co/aGFkcC36kV</a></p>— Douglas Carswell MP (@DouglasCarswell) <a href="https://twitter.com/DouglasCarswell/status/665076928823623680">November 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">EU leaders agree to hold summit with Turkey, France's Hollande says, <span class="caps">AFP</span> reporting from Malta</p>— Danny Kemp (@dannyctkemp) <a href="https://twitter.com/dannyctkemp/status/664844977026039808">November 12, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <p>EU leaders held an extraordinary summit in Malta on Thursday to discuss the refugee crisis and stronger coordination with Turkey, the main transit country for people heading to Europe.</p> <p>Turkey, with a key strategic position, is also to be invited to a Brussels summit to enlist its help.</p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">UK pledges €400m as contribution to €3bn Turkey refugee fund <a href="https://t.co/maOrFIAk2W">https://t.co/maOrFIAk2W</a></p>— Hugo Dixon (@Hugodixon) <a href="https://twitter.com/Hugodixon/status/665133984284860416">November 13, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p> <p>The UK, meanwhile, has committed nearly 400 million euros towards a planned EU fund designed to help Turkey accommodate the two-million plus refugees sheltering on its territory.</p> </p>