Schengen

PM says Slovenia protecting Schengen, will close border if necessary

If there is a new migrant wave along the Balkan route as last year, Slovenia will take every security measure and protect the external Schengen border, Prime Minister Miro Cerar told Maribor's...

Italian minister calls for EU to have "Schengen for defence"

Italy's foreign minister called Thursday for European countries to set up a common defence zone, as the bloc has begun reassessing some core policies in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the...

Slovenian PM against short term solution for migrant crisis, against barriers within Schengen

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar said on Monday it was necessary to find a long term and sustainable solution in case of a new migrant crisis, objecting to barriers between European Union...

Austria ready for potential border checks at Brenner pass

Construction work has been completed on the Austrian side of the Brenner pass border crossing with Italy in case checks need to be reinstated, an Austrian police official announced on Friday.

Fixed-time workers to be employed for Schengen implementation

The caretaker government on Wednesday approved the employment on a temporary basis of 88 people for the purpose of full implementation of the Schengen acquis along the Croatian border which will...

Croatia could join Schengen Area after 2018

Croatia could wrap up preparations for joining the Schengen Area by the end of 2016 and join after 2018, Foreign Minister Miro Kovac and Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic said on Friday.

EU allows six more months of border checks in five Schengen members

Germany and four other European countries can continue carrying out border controls within the normally free-travel Schengen area for another six months, after EU governments on Thursday gave...

Italy's Renzi: Austria's threats to close borders "pure propaganda"

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Wednesday sharply criticized Austria's warnings that it may reintroduce border checks at the Brenner Pass frontier if migrant arrivals from Italy were to...

EU commission: The end of Schengen would cost 5 to 18 billion euros

Reintroducing permanent border controls within the European Union, abolishing its passport-free Schengen area, could cause economic damage of between 5 and 18 billion euros (5.75 to 20.7 billion...

EU likely to propose allowing border controls for six more months

The European Commission is likely this week to propose extending border controls within Europe's border-free Schengen area for six more months, a spokeswoman said Monday, citing persistent...

Merkel: Refugee crisis must not threaten passport-free Schengen area

The protection of the European Union's external borders should not come at the expense of freedom of movement in the Schengen area, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday in her weekly...

Germany, five others to ask for prolongation of border controls

Germany and five other European countries will ask EU authorities to allow border controls within the normally free-travel Schengen area to continue for another six months, German government...

EU turns up heat on Greece amid concerns over Schengen border checks

Greece must do more to adequately secure its outer borders, the European Union said Tuesday, upping the pressure on Athens amid concerns over new controls within the Schengen area.

EU is "very concerned" by Austrian plan for Italy border checks

The European Commission is "very concerned" about Austrian plans to introduce strict border controls on a key mountain pass to Italy in the case of a migration surge from its southern neighbour, a...

Visa-free travel could see Turkish Kurds headed for Schengen area

The EU's agreement with Turkey on halting the flow of refugees hinges on visa-free travel for Turkish citizens. But the deal could lead thousands displaced by conflict in Turkey's south-east to...