German chancellor Angela Merkel and EU president Jean-Claude Juncker are two holdouts in the EU’s open door policy. Merkel said she did not want to jump to conclusions in the wake of the Paris attacks.
Tonight we can confirm there’s no need to jump to conclusions. Fingerprints on one of the terrorists are from an alleged “refugee” entering Greece in October.
These attacks fuel new questions about Europe’s border-free travel.
Friday night’s attacks are now raising the possibility that the ease of movement that Schengen guarantees may have been used by the terrorists to wreak havoc.
French authorities working to identify the suicide bombers who blew themselves up outside the Stade de France have matched a fingerprint of one of the attackers to a man who entered the EU on the Greek island of Leros in October.
A passport found near his body bore the name of Ahmad Al Mohammad, and said he was a 25-year-old Syrian from the north-west town of Idlib, an area outside the control of Islamic State extremists near the Turkish border.
The suggestion that someone who entered the EU along with thousands of other refugees washing ashore on Greece’s easternmost islands was able to move unhindered across national boundaries before assaulting the French capital has intensified the debate over whether Schengen can survive in its present form.
Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister who has been the bloc’s leading elected critic of its handling of the migration influx, said European leaders had ignored the threat of terrorism and that violent extremists were using the refugee influx to “blend in” with migrants arriving on the continent.
“European and American security experts, spy chiefs and law enforcement officials repeatedly warned Europe of the increased risk of terrorism. Every politician and every European leader had knowledge of these risks,” he told Hungarian legislators on Monday. “It’s alarming to consider how many terrorists have crossed through our lands. It’s time to put an end to this.”
OK Chancellor, what’s your next half-baked solution?
Mike “Mish” Shedlock