Germany: Friedrich ‘Stoking Anti-Immigrant Sentiment’

Germany and a handful of EU countries have blocked Bulgaria and Romania from joining the Schengen Area of border-free travel. Editorialists at the Germany’s left-leaning dailies are calling the move an election-year ploy on the part of conservatives in Berlin.

Bulgaria and Romania have been members of the European Union since 2007, but their accession into the Schengen Area of passport-free travel has once again been delayed over concerns in Berlin.

“The time isn’t right,” German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said in Brussels on Thursday. “There are still weaknesses — especially when it comes to the reliability of the justice system, which prevent us from being able to say: Remove the border controls now.” Friedrich had previously stated his intention to veto Schengen membership for the countries in a SPIEGEL interview.

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