- Romania and Bulgaria expected to apply to join EU’s Schengen area
- ‘Germany will veto it and they will fail,’ says interior minister Friedrich
- Mayor of Duisburg has warned against flood of Romanian immigrants
By ALLAN HALL
Germany will veto Romania and Bulgaria’s bid to join the Schengen passport-free zone if the Eastern European countries push for membership this week.
Interior minister Hans-Peter Friedrich warned both nations that if they insist on entry into the scheme ‘Germany will veto it and they will fail.’
The countries are expected to apply to join the group in a meeting on Thursday, but their bid has been undermined by fears non-Europeans could bribe their way in to the countries and then travel elsewhere in the EU with ease.
It is strong language from a politician well versed in more diplomatic speak, but Germany is undergoing an invasion of immigrants from both countries with many cities experiencing extreme social tensions as a result.
Only last Friday the left-wing mayor of the former industrial city of Duisburg spoke of rubbish mountains, children of immigrants organised into gangs for stealing expeditions and an apartment block for 200 housing nearly 400 Romanians and Bulgarians.
The Schengen accord allows participating nations to allow its citizens to pass borders without having to show a passport. 26 nations participate, though Britain has always opted out of it due to security concerns.
If Romania and Bulgaria did join Schengen, their citizens would still need a passport to enter Britain, but immigrants would be able to pass through Eastern Europe to countries such as France or the Netherlands, making it much easier to smuggle themselves into the UK