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    European Parliament lawmaker and UK Independence Party Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall has said the Schengen area borderless policy has led to the freedom of movement of jihadists throughout Europe.

    Nuttall told a plenary session of the European Parliament that the Schengen borderless area was to blame form the spread of fundamentalism that was at the heart of the recent attacks in Paris, killing 130 people and injuring hundreds more.

    "If we are to take steps to solve the crisis that we face we must first cut out its source which is the problems in Syria through a Cold War coalition and at the same time we must prevent it at home by reinstating border controls and clamping down on Saudi sponsored Wahhabism which is a growing clear and present danger within many of our communities," Nuttall said.

    He said Europe needs to admit also that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is "not the threat to global peace in comparison to the Islamism of Islamic State."

    He described the Schengen area as being in a state of collapse, while many countries quickly move to reinstate border controls in the wake of the refugee crisis, which has seen hundreds of thousands of people flooding into Europe.

    "This place is in denial, you are clinging to Schengen, the freedom of movement of people, just as Neville Chamberlain clung to appeasing Hitler when it was obvious to all that this man could not be dealt with. [The] freedom of movement of people in Europe would in the end lead to freedom of movement of jihad and I'm afraid, unfortunately I was proven correct."

    Schengen Rocked by Refugee Crisis and Terror Attacks

    The Schengen Agreement — whereby 28 European countries operate open borders — goes to the heart of the European dream. The freedom of movement of people forms one of the central planks of the European Union, but — when it was conceived in 1995 — politicians could not have foreseen the dangers of allowing free movement within Europe.

    When German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that her country was open to refugees from Syria, she precipitated the biggest mass movement of people since the Second World War. Several countries — including Germany, Hungary, Denmark, Austria and Croatia — imposed border controls or erected border barriers.

    In the wake of the Paris attacks, many countries are also shoring up their border security controls, after it emerged that most of the attackers has passed freely around Europe without being checked. Nuttall said:

    "Last week I took a walk around the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek. I was saddened by what I saw but unfortunately I was not surprised. It is a snapshot of everything that has gone wrong with failed policies of political correctness and aggressive multiculturalism."

    "It is a ghetto which many made home-grown jihadists live ebbed on by Saudi sponsored Wahhabism. So, if we are to take steps to solve the crisis that we face we must first cut out its source which is the problems in Syria through a Cold War coalition but at the same time we must prevent it at home by reinstating border controls and clamping down on Saudi sponsored Wahhabism which is a growing clear and present danger within many of our communities."

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