EU in danger unless Bulgaria joins Schengen

Bulgaria cannot check if incoming refugees are registered as criminals or terrorists in the Schengen Information System. This puts the EU in danger, because it is blocked from joining the borderless space, said Deputy Prime Minister Meglena Kuneva, reports

At a time when the EU is preparing major concessions to Turkey in exchange for containing the migration crisis, Kuneva, a former European Commissioner, now a member of the center-right government of Boyko Borissov, raised an argument in favour of the long-delayed Schengen accession of Bulgaria.

Indeed, for several years now, Bulgaria and Romania have been considered fit to enter Schengen by the European Commission, which is the only EU body qualified to make a judgement.

But decision-making in this field requires consensus, and Germany in particular has reportedly been opposed to the Schengen accession of Bulgaria and Romania, who joined the EU in 2007, and who have been trying to join the zone since.

Germany’s position vis-à-vis Bulgaria and Romania is hard to understand, while Berlin makes major openings to Ankara, seeming to forget Turkey’s immediate neighbors in the broader picture.