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Belgian soldiers patrol in the center of Brussels, Nov. 20, 2015 (AP photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert).

Paris Attacks Require More European Cooperation, Not Less

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Only hours after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, several politicians in France and elsewhere in Europe, as well as numerous commentators, placed blame on the European Union and its open-border Schengen zone, with some even calling for a breakup of the union or their own country’s withdrawal from it. However, to contain and mitigate terrorism most effectively, France and other European countries need more bilateral and multilateral cooperation, not less, from intelligence sharing to cracking down on arms smuggling.

Shortly after the Paris attacks, the head of France’s right-wing National Front party, Marine Le Pen, expressed her “concern” about “the gigantic waves of migrants who arrive and who will continue to arrive.” She warned of a “terrorist infiltration” with the “dissemination of migrants in the towns and cities of France.” Konrad Szymanski, the prospective Polish minister for European affairs, said that Poland must regain “full control” of its borders and migration policy. In the U.K., Nigel Farage, the leader of the nationalist UK Independent Party, declared, referring to the self-proclaimed Islamic State, that the “warnings were pretty clear.” The group said it would “use the migrant tide to flood the EU with half a million jihadists,” he added, before noting that the Schengen area has meant the “free movement of Kalashnikov rifles . . . terrorists . . . and . . . jihadists.” ...

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