One of the dearest values in Europe is the lack of passports. Many would be appalled by the idea that there would be armed soldiers guarding and inspecting travelers as they passed from one EU country to the next. Just as it is in America, if you remain in the EU, you can move freely from state to state. But this is now coming under threat.
Hungary suspended all rail traffic Tuesday from its main terminal in Budapest and cleared the train station of hundreds of migrants trying to board trains for Austria and Germany — the hoped-for end destinations in their flight from turmoil in the Mideast and Asia.
What this means is that the major hub funneling refugees from the conflict and ISIS in Syria is, at least for now, closed. This is because, Austria and Germany are seeking to slow down the movement of the migrant surge.
The closure of the station appeared prompted in part by pressure from other European Union nations trying to cope with the influx of thousands of migrants flowing through Hungary. Europe has been overwhelmed by a surge of migrants, with over 332,000 arriving so far this year, according to the International Organization for Migration.
The problem is simple to understand. Unlike the U.S., EU member states are not equal. While there are poorer areas and fewer jobs in certain regions or states in America, We still are one country. We face greater economic unity and therefore though there are differences from state to state, each state is more alike than different. But, when we look at the EU, there is a vast difference between nations. Germany and Greece, for example, are like night and day. The Migrants wish to be in the wealthier, job-rich countries such as Germany than in job poor Greece. And thus, instead of the migrant stopping when they get to Europe, they move on to the places with better opportunities and more welcoming laws.
The New York Times reports
These questions go to the heart of the viability of the European Union’s borderless interior, which member countries on the edges of Europe are required to police and protect. Some of those countries — notably Greece, Italy and Hungary — say they are so economically stressed that they are admitting migrants with little or no processing. Many are heading for the wealthier countries like Germany, which now expects 800,000 arrivals this year.
This is prompting Germany and other EU members to ask others to do their part.
The Times continues
Ms. Merkel, Europe’s most powerful leader, has said she wants fellow European countries to take more of the migrants.
She faced an immediate challenge on Monday from the leaders of Slovakia and the Czech Republic, who said that they would seek to form an alliance with Hungary to resist any quota-based redistribution of migrants.
With many of the EU membership seeking to strike a compromise between their desire to have an open interior and the concern for migrants health and safety, many are not asking the important question.
Who is making sure the wrong people are not getting in? It seems that this is creating a situation that is ripe for terrorists to attack. And we have already seen that this value for open borders will not last if this surge continued. Austria has already begun to check cars coming from Hungary.