EU takes plunge, agrees to close external borders

EU takes plunge, agrees to close external borders
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[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. …

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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.

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