The Bombing Of The Twin Towers

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The bombing of the Twin Towers in 2001 began a darker age in history. This age would include acts of extreme violence, secrecy, intelligence, counterintelligence, and a general lack of trust between any two people, not to mention any two countries. In the midst of this, there was a group of countries in Europe that forewent the distrust and trusted each other enough to open borders between their countries. The agreement which in 1985, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain initially signed in Schengen, Luxembourg signed to alleviate borders for a visa that will allow access to their countries, needing only to be checked at the beginning and the end of the travels in those six countries. These “states”, numbering up to a grand total of 26 now in 2016, have worked together to maintain order and peace in their little piece of the world (Peter). In 2011 some heads of the European Union regarded the Schengen Agreement as “‘one of the most tangible and successful achievements of European integration’” (Collett). Recently though, it has come under attack. People coming from the war-torn Middle East are swarming to Europe for safety (Melvin). Not all of them are travelling to protect themselves and their loved ones though. Some people are venturing to Europe to destroy the safety other so yearn for. With having to balance terrorism, overpopulation, and maintaining their open borders, the Schengen States have to consider these factors for the

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