Denying Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia’s Schengen bid will weaken the EU

Anton Pisaroglu is an expert in European, African and Central Asian politics and security. He is the CEO of consulting firm H5 Strategies.

The European Commission and the European Parliament have both given their approval to admit Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia into the Schengen Agreement.

Following the Commission’s publication of favorable reports regarding the countries’ capacities to police the European Union’s outer borders by sea, air and road, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson declared that the three candidates were now ready to join the open travel zone — yet, Sweden, Austria and the Netherlands have signaled their dissent.

And once more, the internal politicking of some member countries threatens to get in the way of European unity, overlooking the prog …

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