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High Fences Make Bad Neighbors in Europe

Good fences make good neighbors, so the poet Robert Frost wrote. Sadly, the European Union seems to be taking Frost's poetic whimsy as a serious policy prescription.

For how is the EU preparing to welcome the citizens of the ten countries that will become members in May? Simple: by shutting the door in their faces, and then building regulatory walls to keep them away from the door in the first place.

Indeed, the Union is behaving even worse. Because no agreement exists at the EU level concerning a common set of rules to be applied to the Union's new citizens, each member country is establishing its own rules without any coordination.

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