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Commenting article: Bulgaria Defies France, Germany, Sticks to March 2011 Schengen Bid

EU newcomer Bulgaria has made it clear it will aim to accede to the Schengen zone in March 2011 even though France and Germany decided to block the country from joining the Europe's passport-free travel zone.

"What I read in the newspapers today will in no way change our planned preparations for making the country fit for the Schengen zone in March 2011," Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov commented on Wednesday.

A day earlier the French and German interior ministers said it was "premature" to let them join Schengen in March 2011. In a letter to European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem they said Bulgaria and Romania needed to make "irreversible progress" in the fight against corruption and organised crime.

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#1
DrFaust - 23 Dec 2010 // 10:42:46

Highlander,

whatever you will say to Dino, for him the world is a Turkish-Macedonian conspiracy. Too much effort from your side for a nutcase.

LOL

#2
DrFaust - 23 Dec 2010 // 10:23:07

"Some people like DrFaust, might even say that this is deliberate on the part of Turkey to flood Europe with Muslim elements and thus achieve (per the words of Qaddafi of Libya) a peaceful conquering of Europe whereby the existing 50 Million Muslims already residing in Europe, will overtake by birth rates the EU native populations within the next 25 years."

Such a long sentence, that was quite an effort. And as usual, not a grain of truth in it. It was just written by a low-class demagogue with a dirty agenda and an inferior intelligence.

#3
DrFaust - 23 Dec 2010 // 10:20:05

Dino,

"Turkey does a very poor job of guarding its border plus it has refused so far to sign a re-admission agreement with the EU."

Strange, I thought the Greeks borders are guarded by Greek, and not by Turkish border guards.

Just a question that most of the people that are a bit more intelligent like you will ask you:

What about the Greeks guarding their border? Do they have border guards? Obviously not. They seem to relie completely on their Turkish colleagues. That's the only reasonable explanation for your comment.

Oh, I forgot: you are NOT reasonable.

#4
Sveto - 22 Dec 2010 // 21:11:36

->Ok, one sits patiently through the pointless blabber of the usual idiots around, but every once in while something must be said, otherwise one stupidity repeated 100 times becomes truth.
NO NATION HAS GOTTEN RID OF CORRUPTION, I REPEAT NO NATION. The fact that nobody talks about the corruption in France, Germany and so on, does not mean it does not exist, please don't be so naive. If one would investigate in detail it might end up that the volume of corrupt money circulating in those countries is quite bigger than what comes in Bg/Ro. Why nobody seems to be bothered by Italy's mafia? You should read Gomorra by Roberto Saviano. That can open your eyes about what the real world is like. And stop reading the crap you get fed by the shitty newspapers and official statements on the dirty politicians. Advanced countries my ass!

#5
Sveto - 22 Dec 2010 // 21:09:21

Ok, one sits patiently through the pointless blabber of the usual idiots around, but every once in while something must be said, otherwise one stupidity repeated 100 times becomes truth.
NO NATION HAS GOTTEN RID OF CORRUPTION, I REPEAT NO NATION. The fact that nobody talks about the corruption in France, Germany and so on, does not mean it does not exist, please don't be so naive. If one would investigate in detail it might end up that the volume of corrupt money circulating in those countries is quite bigger than what comes in Bg/Ro. Why nobody seems to be bothered by Italy's mafia? You should read Gomorra by Roberto Saviano. That can open your eyes about what the real world is like. And stop reading the crap you get fed by the shitty newspapers and official statements on the dirty politicians. Advanced countries my ass.

#6
Highlander - 22 Dec 2010 // 17:46:27

Sorry, Dino, but illegal immigration and border issues between Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey is not the reason why the major EU members say no to Bulgaria and Romania. Tsvetanov might be defiant and insist on his Government's determination and will to fight corruption and organized crime - as set as preconditions for Bulgaria's membership in 1997- but the staged police actions and unfounded arrests have not worked as intended but backfired.
The Judicial reforms have not been implemented and corruption and organized crime is today worse than under any previous governments since 1997. In short ,and despite patience and encouraging statements from EU, Germany, France and UK and the old EU members have no real confidence in Tsvetanov 's declared war against corruption and organized crime.

The message is clear and loud- EU does not want the Romanian/Bulgarian version of corruption, fraud and organized crime exported without control. It is a political message and it is justified and irreversible, regardless of technical details. It might be seen as unfair discrimination, but Schengen is not about basic human rights.
I am pretty certain EU will extend the monitoring period with at least another 3 years and again block substantial EU funds, and threaten to introduce safeguard measures.
Corruption, organized crime and fraud with EU funds might be entertainment in Bulgaria, but EU's taxpayers are not that laidback with other people's money and property. Germany and France have said no and it is the right decision.

#7
Dino the Athenian - 22 Dec 2010 // 14:07:12

I am sure most people equate the French and German objections with the Roma incidents of last summer.

However, there is also an illegal immigration dimension which receives very little press coverage.

90% of the illegal immigrant inflow for Europe is currently at the Greek border with Turkey. Turkey does a very poor job of guarding its border plus it has refused so far to sign a re-admission agreement with the EU. Some people like DrFaust, might even say that this is deliberate on the part of Turkey to flood Europe with Muslim elements and thus achieve (per the words of Qaddafi of Libya) a peaceful conquering of Europe whereby the existing 50 Million Muslims already residing in Europe, will overtake by birth rates the EU native populations within the next 25 years.

Once in Greek soil (Greece is part of Schengen) the illegals can move freely to other EU countries.

If Bulgaria joins the Schengen covered area, then its BG-TR border will come under severe pressure.

It would seem to me that for Bulgaria to increase its chances for inclusion, BG must initiate diplomatic activity so that Turkey signs the re-admission treaty with the EU.

Otherwise there will be an open season at the Bulgarian-Turkish border.

#8
temujin2 - 22 Dec 2010 // 13:28:01

Whoa Tsvetko take care of your own sh*t (GDP) instead of babbling nonsense.

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