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Quelle: Die Presse, 11 March 2004, S. 11 © AP

Original Caption
"No waving on through any more. Passports of non-European states have to be stamped on entry to the EU."

Picture Analysis
A substantial component of the European Integration Project and a part of the "Four Freedoms" is the free movement of persons. At the moment, however, this free movement in the European Union has not been completely realized or perhaps one might say that it is not regulated in the same way for all EU-citizens. The "Schengen Agreement" has meanwhile been taken up into the EC-Treaty, and under its aegis there are no boundary controls any more between Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Finland, Greece, Italy, Iceland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Sweden and Spain; there are however still controls at the borders of the new EU-Member states. A complete application of the so-called "Schengen-acquis" for the EU member states that joined in 2004 is expected for 2008. Other states such as Great Britain or Ireland however have decided not to participate in Schengen, while the non-EU-members Iceland, Norway and probably in future also Switzerland will be part of the Schengen-area. The Schengen-area is thus not to be equated with EU-Europe; here the boundaries are differently defined.

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