# Schengen

Commuters talk after being rejected by the Hungarian police at the Nickelsdorf-Hegyeshalom border crossing on the Austrian-Hungarian border on March 18, 2020. Photo: Alex Halada / AFP
Commuters talk after being rejected by t […]

Virus frontier closures hamper cross-border workers

Workers who rely on shuttling across frontiers in Central Europe face a difficult dilemma now that the coronavirus pandemic has seen several countries shut their borders
EU Council President Charles Michel (R) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen give a joint press after a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the EU headquarters in Brussels on March 9, 2020. Photo: John Thys / AFP
EU Council President Charles Michel (R) […]

Europe’s leaders furious over Trump’s unilateral travel ban

European officials reacted with surprise and anger after US President Trump imposed a trans-Atlantic travel ban they fear will hurt economies already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic
A French Gendarme stands guard at passport control at the airport in Montpellier, southern France, on November 20, 2015. Photo: Pascal Guyot / AFP
A French Gendarme stands guard at passpo […]

Europe’s Schengen area: border free, with exceptions

French President Emmanuel Macron has called for reform of the Schengen system, which currently involves 26 countries: 22 EU countries, plus non-EU Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
ARCHIV - Eine Europafahne weht am 01.02.2016 in Schengen (Luxemburg) über dem Denkmal für den Abschluss des Schengenabkommens. An der Mosel-Esplanade erinnern 3 Stahlstelen an die Unterzeichnung der Schengener Abkommen im Jahr 1985 und 1990. Kanzlerin Merkel ist prinzipiell offen für eine Ausdehnung des sogenannten Schengen-Raums auf alle EU-Staaten. Zwischen den Ländern des Schengener Abkommens gibt es im Normalfall keine Grenzkontrollen mehr. Foto: Julien Warnand/EPA/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++
ARCHIV - Eine Europafahne weht am 01.02. […]

The Schengen Agreement

In 1984 France and Germany agreed to gradually dismantle their joint borders. In the same year Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands did the same.