France and Italy met for talks Tuesday looking to end a diplomatic spat over an influx of North African migrants. But some analysts say the dispute is motivated by political aims rather than a real desire to weaken the Schengen open-border treaty.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have promised to put an end to their countries' bitter diplomatic spat at a meeting in Rome Tuesday in the wake of concern over an influx of North African immigrants.
Schengen is the small town in Luxembourg where, in June 1985, seven European Union countries signed a treaty to end internal border checkpoints and controls.The Schengen area now comprises 25 countries, 22 of them EU members. It has border controls on entering and leaving the area, but none on travel within it.EU Schengen members: France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Greece, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia.Non EU Schengen members: Switzerland, Iceland, NorwayNon Schengen EU members: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania and the United Kingdom.
Date created : 2011-04-25