If mainstream media reports are true this week, terrorists have accessed Europe after mingling with large groups of refugees fleeing conflict and persecution.
Then there is the man believed to be the mastermind behind last weekend's terror attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud; he may be dead but how come he was able to travel to Syria, France and perhaps other parts of Europe undetected?
A week ago Donald Tusk, a Polish politician who has been President of the European Council since December 1, 2014 said “Saving Schengen is a race against time and we are determined to win that race. Without effective control on our external borders, the Schengen rules will not survive.” "Time is running out," he added later.
That was his response after Sweden joined other Schengen zone countries closing their borders.
Fast forward one week and Thursday Bloomberg has posted a report titled "Life After Schengen: What a Europe With Borders Would Look Like."
It would certainly slow travel down but would stronger borders keep us safe and secure? That must surely be the priority now.
If free movement is restricted does that mean it cannot and will not ever return at a future date?
The New York Post is reporting Thursday "European Nations Shut Their Borders to Economic Migrants" but who can blame them.
Reuters is reporting that across the Pond in the U.S.A. "The U.S. House of Representatives, defying a veto threat by President Barack Obama, overwhelmingly passed Republican-backed legislation on Thursday to suspend Obama's program to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year and then intensify the process of screening them."
The new measures in the U.S.A. received majority cross-party approval; the vote was won 289 to 137, with 47 of Obama's 188 fellow Democrats breaking with the White House to support it.
Can the Schengen Zone free movement rules survive? How on earth can they?
Sky News reports "EU Agrees To Tighten Border Checks After Paris."