I) The European idea
The Huns, according to The Irish Times, are getting a tad irritated with their Danish neighbours, the latter having decided to double the number of customs officers patrolling its borders and conducting spot checks on vehicles, bringing the number to 260.Be that as it may, it is a openly reversal of the Schengen accord, so prized by the EUrocrats.
The Danes say the move, ostensibly to fight organised crime, human trafficking and the drugs trade, is in line with EU law.
II) A hugely ironic inversion
Holland we are told is on a collision course with the EU over a threat to deport Poles and other eastern Europeans who cannot find work. It is also planning to withhold their state benefits if they do not speak Dutch.Is the worm finally turning?
This is nothing particularly new as it has been grumbling on for many months. What gives it added zest, though, is that Poland took over the presidency of the EU last Friday, and holds it for the next six months. It then will be cast in the role of fronting any talks aimed at getting Holland to climb down.
The issue thus has been seized upon by Poland's economic affairs minister Waldemar Pawlak, who has recently declared the development "dangerous". It "could lead to the collapse of the European system of freedom of movement", he says.