Bavarian Minister rejects Schengen Zone entry for Bulgaria and Romania

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Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann rejected Bulgaria’s demand to become part of the Schengen Zone. The politician, who is a member of the ultra-conservative party CSU, said it was a nice long-term idea to include Bulgaria and Romania, but it was clearly too early for that step right now, Herrmann said in an interview with the German daily “Welt am Sonntag”.

“The Schengen area can not grow at the expense of the German population’s security”, Hermann stated. The danger was far too high, “because of the rampant corruption and the problem of organised crime in Bulgaria and Romania”. To scrap border controls in those areas was not an option.

Minister Herrmann said that taking a step backward in times of terrorist threats was not acceptable at all. Europe could not give up controls at Bulgarian or Romanian borders while the protection of the European Union’s outer borders was not guaranteed.

The Bulgarian government is using its turn at the EU Council Presidency for new demands regarding a quick Schengen accession. Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the EU Commission, supports that approach. Numerous ministers in Germany, Austria and other countries do not.

 

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