Posts Tagged ‘national identity cards’

open borders and national identity cards

June 10, 2011
On the face of it, having open borders within Europe sounds like a good idea. Just as Americans can travel across their land without let or hindrance, we would be able to travel across Europe without constant border checks and searches.

Except the situation is not quite the same.
Americans share a common language with common speech patterns and a common culture and can readily identify most foreigners in their midst, including other English speaking peoples.

This does not apply within Europe.


We have vastly different cultures and languages.


Few of us could easily cope in even our neighbouring countries, let alone those on the other side of the continent, without tourist guides to translate for us and to warn us about various hand gestures etc.
How would local police forces cope with distinguishing those, who were legally entitled to be within their borders, from those, who weren’t.
Instead of only needing passports, when we cross a border, we’d have to carry our passports with us continually.
Was this the reason behind trying to introduce National Identity Cards?


The French are known for their rudeness towards English speakers, who do not speak French.
The ability of French Gendarmes to demand the production of identity cards by anyone addressing them in English seems a recipe for trouble. Especially if those French Gendarmes had been distracted from their main job of directing transients towards Calais.
The idea of a United Europe is to bury old enmities but why would anyone expect open borders and a common currency to achieve what International football matches have failed to do.
In fact, past experience teaches us that such matches could be a source of extra strife, with local police demanding every visiting supporter produce his/her identity card over and over again.
European leaders may actually believe the dream will work and some of their handshakes may be heartfelt  but how many still count their fingers after shaking hands.