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Cultures of Border ControlSchengen and the Evolution of European Frontiers$
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Ruben Zaiotti

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226977867

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226977881.001.0001

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Conclusion: After Schengen

Conclusion: After Schengen

(p.217) Ten Conclusion: After Schengen
Cultures of Border Control
University of Chicago Press

This chapter reflects on current dynamics and possible future scenarios defining European borders and, more generally, Europe as a political project, taking as a cue the analytical framework elaborated in this work. Delegates from European Union (EU) member states and the European Commission celebrated Schengen's twentieth anniversary in June 2005. Schengen was awarded an honor generally reserved only to “historical” events. The vision underlying the Schengen initiative has shown a surprising resilience over the years, and today its central tenets have become part of the political landscape in Europe. Flexibility was one of Schengen's major strengths. Today, the Schengen model was in a phase of consolidation and expansion. As the Schengen experience has shown, “dramatic” projects in European politics can be conceived in a pragmatic and evolutionary fashion and be able to successfully withstand the future.

Keywords:   Europe, European borders, European Union, European Commission, Schengen, European politics

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