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Austria Suspends Schengen, Imposes Border Control Amid Refugee Crisis

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The Austrian government has temporarily suspended the Schengen border-free travel agreement, imposing full border control measures on everyone entering the country, Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann told the newspaper Oesterreich in an interview.

"Everyone who is coming to us would be carefully checked at the border," Fayman told Oesterreich.

Chancellor Faymann said that from now on, Austria would have more strict border controls, "similar to Germany"  and deport people who lacked proper refugee identification.

"At border control points everyone has to show a valid ID to Austrian authorities," Faymann said, adding that if the EU cannot provide security at its external borders, countries should start controlling their own national borders, according to the Austrian newspaper.

Austria plans to use its army to stop refugees from entering the country. Most of the refugees who enter Europe are trying to reach Germany in order to apply for asylum there, but to get to Germany they need to hike across Austria.

The move of the Austrian government essentially means that the Schengen agreement has been thrown out the window. The Schengen zone currently has 26 member states, including most EU countries and four non-EU states.

The idea behind the agreement is that the citizens of Schengen countries can access any country without the need to go through border controls and visitors can travel throughout the Schengen zone with one common visa that applies to each country in the Schengen zone.

Earlier this week, other Schengen countries, including Norway, Sweden and Denmark, also temporarily suspended the Schengen agreement and restored border control measures at their national borders.

Europe is currently struggling to cope with a massive refugee crisis; over a million people have fled conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa in search of safety and refuge in the European Union. However, most Syrian refugees, numbering over six million, continue to reside in areas of the country controlled by President Bashar Assad. Neighboring Lebanon and Turkey have also taken in over a million refugees each.

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  • Ann in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    Huh?, "5. Establish uniform and understandable guidelines for people from war torn areas."

    BETTER YET, to avoid the occurrences of breaches on sovereignty, how about adding this:

    5. Establish uniform and understandable guidelines for clarifying/defining, respecting and enforcing INTERNATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, and clearly forbid ANY COUNTRY from violating the sovereignty of another without authorization of the UN. No exceptions.

    6. Create incredibly severe punishments for attacking, covertly OR overtly, another country regardless of the excuse/justification. Any leader interfering with another country, including regime changes and color revolutions, will be severely punished, NO EXCEPTIONS...not even the U.S.

    8. If we're going to have a United Nations, it must have the authority to ENFORCE sanctions against any country for political interference and acts of war, as well as stop crimes against humanity from ANY source, internal or external.

    8. To reduce the possibility of bias and manipulation within the UN itself, ALL internationally recognized countries, no matter how small or how poor, MUST have equal representation in the UN. No more big rich or powerful countries making decisions for the countries who cannot defend themselves. Might should no longer make right.

    THAT is my definition of "World Order"
  • I like the additions....was trying to allow for some breathing room, but I am glad you stepped up and tightened the noose a bit.

    I think we can wholly agree on the ineptitude of the UN....no...flat out denial and blind eyeness (i don't think that's a word, but it works for now), to the entirety of the collapsing situations everywhere. Sovereignty seems to be a biblical word only used in antiquity. The only thing sovereign about today is how quick the fingers point, accusations are made and troops start knocking at the door.

    I cannot find any fault with your recommendations as they are channeling the same energy as mine. Allow others their right to self rule and self determination, albeit, with a fair warning across the board to all countries...don't start turning things into a hostile situation.

    I think while we have looked at the complexities with clarity and thoughtfulness, we have the ability to do so since we are not constrained by how many millions we stand to lose or make, how much societal control we can maintain and whether once we are out of office, if we can land that really cool 6 figure+++ salary with a company, that by the way, also fulfills government contracts.
  • michael
    whilst I agree with the above; Huh? and sixpack6t9 re an approach to resolving the migrant problem, Syria etc, it also seems to me that it would require a benevolent dictatorship to apply the idealistic rules as outlined. How many times have we heard or read about people wanting to change things and becoming part of the system to do so, but then being overwhelmed by said system? Is the solution to act under a new set of guidelines? If so, what might they be, a different approach to creating another U.N.? Remembering also that the lines of power and influence are convoluted - I have the image of a 'king rat' in mind. What has been raised here I believe, is one of the key issues of our time.
  • in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, You are absolutely right!! So many have wanted to change things and yet become overwhelmed by the system. I have always seen it as going to the ocean and splashing around in the knee deep water, then traveling just a little further and out of nowhere starts these immense waves knocking you down and pulling you under.

    I don't know that a dictator of any quality is the answer for Syria...I guess there are so many reasonable possible answers that the water is quite muddy. But with that, a solid organization of countries not with war on the mind, but waking up everyday to realize another great thing has happened.
    We all received a new day without the threat of annihilation. I would rather be bored of hearing about peace, than numb to hearing about war.

    I know, I know....I sound like some fantasy filled liberal bleeding everywhere, but I am not. I just wonder sometimes when it comes to the worlds political elite...is the gene pool really that small and shallow?
  • Blackie in reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9,
    Hi again,
    This Benjamin Fulford has some strange blogs, but insiders in the American government(some good guys) say that half of what he says is true, so that matches your take on it.
    Police and government have lost control in the EU, and loony tunes will continue.It truly is ridiculous Police and Army on the streets, after their own leaders are responsible for invasion and terror an war. Hey, but they pretend not to know.Cops have an entry requirement that the applicant must be gullible and stupid.
    Now these people have to be housed and given money and care to settle in.
    They only allow them 400 euro in Norway. That is silly as take the money off them an they can not move on!. That country then is stuck with them .
  • dewatergeus
    To protect its citizens and their country, finally a demo of a country with balls.
  • dewatergeusin reply to(Show commentHide comment)
    In this chaos, one has to set priorities to get things in line or organized and this is one of top priority to get the situation more or less in grip.
  • dewatergeus
    EUROPEAN , you are non existing. You know why? There are no Europeans. Only citizens of a country happens to be in Europe.
    Sorry.
  • Huh?in reply todewatergeus(Show commentHide comment)
    dewatergeus, The concept of getting a grip on things would imply that there is a tangible, recognizable entity to grip. I fear that the grip is always loose and what is being gripped is too oily to hold on to.

    But we must be careful not to tread into the waters of a dictatorship while looking for answers.

    Yeah, that was a little cryptic...but I think you get my meaning.
  • michaelin reply to(Show commentHide comment)
    , yes it probably is. There an item on the bbc site that talks about the diseases in small populations sharing the same genes. One of the images is of the european royal families of the C19th. These days it could be suggested that it is the memes being passed on. :)
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    jas,
    She should know because she created this mess in Europe . I think that she has spend all her political capital she had to brow beat and arm twist her opponents. She just has written her own fall down for the history books and she will not be kindly remembered.
  • tobi.gelando
    Bravo Austria and special Hungary (there where the first) 95 % of the people in the EU where sure this would come.
    Mr. Junker and Fr. Merkel have in the refugee crises behave as dictators from the EU !!!!
    Very big shame on you, if any small manager in a company would behave like this 2 then there would be kicked out with shame !!!!
  • Ann in reply to(Show commentHide comment)
    , Absolutely. We can AFFORD to use commonsense, since we're not trying to profit...that's some sad sh!t, isn't it?
  • Ann in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, I think we all know who would be the first to VETO any such proposal in the UN...need I say it? THE USA.
  • Ann in reply to(Show commentHide comment)
    , I don't know that a dictator of any quality is the answer for Syria either, what I DO KNOW is that it isn't for US to say what kind of leader they should have. We may be comfortable with our western-style "democracies" but that doesn't mean THEY will be. They have just as much right to live as they choose as do we...whether we agree with their choices or not. THAT IDEOLOGY WOULD SPREAD PEACE AROUND...and the NWO can't have that.
  • michaelin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9, agreed absolutely. :)
  • Huh?in reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9, what a friggin' concept....commonsense. Wow...if the politicos were at least street smart they could get some cred....but I question all areas of intelligence and sense.
  • michaelin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9, agreed again. It is the recognition of difference and the respect that goes along with that which is important. :)
  • Ann in reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, I don't think we need to create another/different UN, we need to make the UN we have work equally for everyone. As it is now, the UN is really just a tool for promoting western ideology. It is a sham, designed to codify western desires upon the world. ALL countries should automatically have representation in the UN, not just those that the U.S. decides may join. As long as only the 'approved' countries have any say, IT IS NOT REALLY A "UNITED NATIONS" is it? It's more accurately "The Preferred or Selected Nations".
  • michaelin reply toAnn (Show commentHide comment)
    sixpack6t9, to restructure the U.N. so that it 'works' properly would be the best way to go, obviously. The only proviso here is that I don't anything about the protocols etc that the U.N. has imposed on its organisation. Hence I don't know what that would entail. I'm sure that it would be a bit like Sisyphus' task. :) We are in agreement here! :)
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