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Fortress Europe: Merkel ally calls for EU to close external borders for SECURITY – Express.co.uk

The politician said there is also a need to preserve Christian culture across the bloc.

He said: “Core culture means identity and a long tradition and a cultural ground on which something new can develop. 

“These are the values that Europe stands for and this makes it unique in the world: it started with freedom, equality, fraternity; the development of human rights as a universal right, not just as a national value. 

“Tolerance, freedom and Christian charity are strong components of the European cultural vision. Of course, this also includes the equal rights of men and women.”

Ms Merkel sparked outrage in 2014 when she insisted Germany had “no limit” on how many refugees from Syria it could take. of the Christian Social Union (CSU) party has insisted open borders with relaxed security are a danger to the EU.

He claimed a “fortress Europe” – a phrase used to insult the inward looking bloc, would not be a bad thing.

Mr Söder said: “The key question is how Europe can deal with immigration. Many people do not think the term “Fortress Europe” is quite so bad – when they think about how Europe can provide security for them. 

“The continent should offer freedom of movement, but it must also provide security. 

“Schengen has always meant that we are breaking down the internal borders and making the external borders safer. And not the other way around.”

Fortress Europe: Merkel ally calls for EU to close external borders for SECURITY – Express.co.uk

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