[Ed. – This will be too late, but at least better late than never. If it flattens the curve, even at a higher level, it’s worth doing. Of special note: since Turkey is not in the EU, this will affect the unstable situation at the Turkey-Greece border. There’s no telling if the EU as a whole will help Greece pacify the border, but at least the EU pressure on Athens to take it all in the shorts should subside.]
European Union member nations agreed Tuesday to close the EU’s external borders to most people from other countries for 30 days in a dramatic new effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the planned closings of the massive union’s external borders at a press conference.
Movement of people within the European Union’s 27 member nations will still be allowed under the restrictions. …
The travel restrictions are due start as soon as the individual governments take the necessary internal measures, with Germany expected to do so by the end of Tuesday.