• Schengenalia

    Musings on Europe and Border Control

31 DecEurope’s borders in 2015: a visual review


Undoubtedly this has been an annus horribilis for European borders. Here are some visual highlights of the last 12 months…   February 2015…

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30 DecEurope’s borders in 2014: a visual review


It’s been an eventful year for border-related matters in Europe. Here are some visual highlights of the last 12 months… February…

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31 OctJurmala’s ghosts and the Haunted Houses of Schengen


Halloween. The time when the undead come to town. And when boarded up haunted houses start making eerie sounds and come…

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30 SepThe place to be: Schengen and Europe’s new grand tour


The way  ‘Schengen’ has captured the popular imagination around the world does not finish surprising me.   After all, not that…

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31 JulWhat’s on the menu? Schengen as geo-culinary topos


Since last May, Russia has its own ‘Schengen’. It’s a place where you can go for pleasure or business. It’s a…

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29 JunSaying ‘non’ to Schengen: or how a visa refusal can challenge the system


“Non, merci”. These simple words have caused a stir, embarrassing France and Europe as a whole in the process. What I…

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28 FebSchengen blues: critical (musical) notes on Europe


There’s something about Schengen that makes it a favourite subject of creative types of all stripes.  What this ‘quid’ consists of…

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10 DecNobel vs. Schengen: reflections on the EU, the peace award ceremony… and John Terry


Awarding the most coveted peace prize to the European Union was no doubt a well-staged coup de théâtre. Not surprisingly, the…

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31 AugThe Schengen visa…and jesus


Getting a Schengen visa on time? It is often beyond the control of us mortals. So maybe somebody up there can…

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31 MayHow (popular) music reproduces the ‘Schengen myth’


Can music, and popular music in particular, contribute to the reinforcement of the myth of Schengen as emblem of ‘freedom, security…

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