Open Borders, Closed Minds

The European Union is currently divided between a very large majority and a very small minority on the topic of open borders. Many believe that there should be open internal borders and closed external borders across the EU, while others believe it should be the choice of the nation whether their borders were closed or open. There was also a major development in which France and Germany wanted to leave the EU in a similar way as Britain, and a terrorist attack resulting from the conflict over this issue.

A block containing the majority of the delegations in the EU is currently taking leadership. While it does contain some smaller countries such as Lithuania and Luxemburg, there are also some larger, extremely influential powers involved such as Sweden, Spain, Germany, and Ireland. They collectively agree with the implementation of internal open borders and external closed borders across the entirety of the European Union. This position is largely based, they said, on Angela Merkel’s position on the subject in 2014, which involves technology advancements, intelligence sharing, and EU legislation so as to prevent things like xenophobia.

The mentioning of xenophobia begged the question of the block’s position on Brexit, to which they responded  with a collective thumbs down (literally). In further explanation, they spoke of the connection between Brexit and xenophobia and their goal to combat xenophobia in all of the EU. When discussing this, another country came up that has been found to want to leave the EU- France. Frexit was regarded by most as extremely similar if not the same thing as Brexit and should be treated as such. Britain and France have apparently been trying to implement a more nationalistic approach to the border issue, which has met opposition by the majority of the committee. They expressed resentment for these countries for wanting to betray the EU and firmly stated that these nations should not have a say in how the committee runs.

Another revelation specific to this committee was the possibility of Germany leaving the EU, leaving the delegation of Belgium in a very uncomfortable position. They are now in the “vigorous position” as they put it, of being the moderator between Germany and the EU.

To complicate matters more, there was a terrorist attack on a train traveling from Germany to France. This has been identified as domestic terrorism and the casualty rate is unknown. This sparked an immediate act to combat domestic terrorism in the EU and in surrounding nations because now the safety of their people is at stake over this divisive issue

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