July 6, 2011
Recently European Council reached a controversial agreement concerning the Schengen zone. In Council conclusions of June 24 one reads about a mechanism that “should be introduced in order to respond to exceptional circumstances putting the overall functioning of Schengen cooperation at risk”. The said mechanism could encompass a safeguard clause that would allow “the exceptional reintroduction of internal border controls in a truly critical situation where a Member State is no longer able to comply with its obligations under the Schengen rules.”
The phrase “reintroduction of internal borders” echoed in the Polish media. Journalists and human rights activists were vigorously expressing their concern, while politicians made their best to calm the public’s anxieties.