Jean-Claude Juncker is the famously bibulous president of the European Commission. In the following video he touts the admission of Romania to the Schengen Zone — the European countries bound by treaty to accept mutually visa-free travel. He describes the process as inevitable. Romania will join Schengen; it is a given.
Think about why Mr. Juncker and the EC are doing this: there is no direct land connection between Romania and the rest of Schengen, except through Hungary. The migrants sometimes land directly in Romania, after crossing the Black Sea from Turkey. Presumably the pace will accelerate once Romania is a Schengen country.
With Romania in the Schengen Zone, Hungary will be unable BY LAW to deny entry to anyone who wants to cross the border from a fellow Schengen state. The fence will be irrelevant.
In this manner the EU will be backing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán into a corner. If Orbán refuses to obey, the European Commission can haul him before the European Court of Justice, which will probably rule against him. At that point, he will either have to cave, or Hungary will have to leave the EU.
So that’s the game that’s afoot. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:04||Romania already deployed very important…|
|00:08||during the last ten years — it made important progress|
|00:12||concerning the reform of the judicial system|
|00:16||and the fight against corruption.|
|00:20||The end of the mechanism of cooperation and of verification doesn’t mean the end of|
|00:24||or the renunciation of the reforms. The end of those mechanisms|
|00:28||means more cooperation. And for my part, I’m counting on the promptness|
|00:32||of the Romanian authorities, and in particular this parliament, in order|
|00:36||to guarantee the irreversible character of the progress achieved thus far.|
|00:40||The confidence of our fellow citizens|
|00:44||has to be earned, and this is particularly accomplished by respecting|
|00:48||of the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers.|
|00:52||The natural and deserved place for Romania|
|00:56||is in the heart of the Schengen Area.|
|01:00||The criteria for admission to the Schengen Area|
|01:04||were clear, and there again we don’t need to add|
|01:08||new demands. I want Romania to be able|
|01:12||to become, as quickly as possible, a member of the|
|01:16||Schengen Area, because Romania deserves it.