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Borders Fall Away For EU's East European Members - 21 Dec 2007
Borders Fall Away For EU's East European Members - 21 Dec 2007
GERMANY/
RTX4X1Z
December 21, 2007
A man holds a German and a Polish flag in his hand at the border bridge between Poland and Germany in...
Frankfurt On Oder, Germany
A man holds a German and a Polish flag in his hand at the border bridge between Poland and Germany in...
A man holds a German and a Polish flag in his hand at the border bridge between Poland and Germany in Frankfurt on Oder December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone was extended to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele (GERMANY)
EU BORDERS/
RTX4XD8
December 21, 2007
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an unidentified official, European Commission President Jose Manuel...
HRADEK NAD NISOU, Czech Republic
German Chancellor Merkel, an unidentified official, European Commission President Barroso and Czech Republic's...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an unidentified official, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Czech Republic's Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek cheer with sparkling wine during a ceremony inaugurating the opening of the Czech-Poland Hradek nad Nisou border crossing checkpoint December 21, 2007. Frontiers in east Europe once guarded by machineguns and barbed wire in the Cold War fell away on Friday as nine mostly former communist states joined the EU's border-free zone amid fireworks, cheers and music. The extension of the European Union's so-called Schengen zone brought in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (CZECH REPUBLIC)
EU BORDERS/GATE
RTX4XFM
December 21, 2007
A girl attends the celebrations at a former no-go zone that cuts across one of Europe's most beautiful...
Ahlbeck, Germany
A girl attends the celebrations at a former no-go zone that cuts across one of Europe's most beautiful...
A girl attends the celebrations at a former no-go zone that cuts across one of Europe's most beautiful beaches into the Baltic Sea at German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124 miles) north east of Berlin December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone is extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the 'Schengen' border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY)
EU-BORDERS/
RTX4XDU
December 21, 2007
Slovenia's Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel (L) and his Austrian counterpart Ursula Plassnik lift a border...
JESENICE, Slovenia
Slovenia's Foreign Minister Rupel and his Austrian counterpart Plassnik lift a border gate at the Slovenian-Austrian...
Slovenia's Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel (L) and his Austrian counterpart Ursula Plassnik lift a border gate at the Slovenian-Austrian crossing of Karavanke, near Jesenice, December 21, 2007. Frontiers in east Europe once guarded by machineguns and barbed wire in the Cold War fell away on Friday as nine mostly former communist states joined the EU's border-free zone amid fireworks, cheers and music. The extension of the European Union's so-called Schengen zone brought in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic (SLOVENIA)
POLAND-SHENGEN
RTX4XB4
December 21, 2007
Poland's President Lech Kaczynski (L) and his Lithuanian counterpart Valdas Adamkus hug following the...
Warsaw, Poland
Poland's President Kaczynski and Lithuanian counterpart Adamkus hug following official ceremony to mark...
Poland's President Lech Kaczynski (L) and his Lithuanian counterpart Valdas Adamkus hug following the official ceremony to mark both countries joining the EU Schenzen zone, at the border crossing in Budzisko December 21, 2007. The expansion of the European Union's Schengen zone, allowing travel without showing passports, is seen by many as a final lifting of the old Iron Curtain divide between the former Soviet bloc and the West. REUTERS/Peter Andrews (POLAND)
EU BORDERS/
RTX4XCB
December 21, 2007
A Polish border guard stands beside a European Union flag during a ceremony at the Czech-Polish border...
HRADEK NAD NISOU, Czech Republic
A Polish border guard stands beside a European Union flag during a ceremony at the Czech-Polish border...
A Polish border guard stands beside a European Union flag during a ceremony at the Czech-Polish border checkpoint in Hradek nad Nisou December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone was extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (CZECH REPUBLIC)
EU-BORDERS/
RTX4XDX
December 21, 2007
Couples wearing national costumes shakes hands over the border gate at the Slovenian-Austrian crossing...
JESENICE, Slovenia
Couples wearing national costumes shakes hands over the border gate at the Slovenian-Austrian crossing...
Couples wearing national costumes shakes hands over the border gate at the Slovenian-Austrian crossing of Karavanke, near Jesenice, December 21, 2007. Frontiers in east Europe once guarded by machineguns and barbed wire in the Cold War fell away on Friday as nine mostly former communist states joined the EU's border-free zone amid fireworks, cheers and music. The extension of the European Union's so-called Schengen zone brought in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic (SLOVENIA)
EU-BORDERS/
RTX4XBU
December 21, 2007
Poland's President Lech Kaczynski (L) and his Lithuanian counterpart Valdas Adamkus (R) deliver speeches...
Warsaw, Poland
Poland's President Kaczynski and Lithuanian counterpart Adamkus deliver speeches during the official...
Poland's President Lech Kaczynski (L) and his Lithuanian counterpart Valdas Adamkus (R) deliver speeches during the official ceremony to mark both countries joining the EU Schengen zone, at the border crossing in Budzisko December 21, 2007. The expansion of the European Union's Schengen zone, allowing travel without showing passports, is seen by many as a final lifting of the old Iron Curtain divide between the former Soviet bloc and the West. REUTERS/Peter Andrews (POLAND)
EU BORDERS/GATE
RTX4XF4
December 21, 2007
A woman poses behind a removed sign at a former no-go zone that cut across one of Europe's most beautiful...
Ahlbeck, Germany
A woman poses behind a removed sign at a former no-go zone that cut across one of Europe's most beautiful...
A woman poses behind a removed sign at a former no-go zone that cut across one of Europe's most beautiful beaches into the Baltic Sea at German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124 miles) north east of Berlin December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone is extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the 'Schengen' border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY)
EU BORDERS/
RTX4XEX
December 21, 2007
A car passes the former German-Polish border checkpoint in the eastern German town of Zittau December...
Zittau, Germany
A car passes former German-Polish border checkpoint in the eastern German town of Zittau
A car passes the former German-Polish border checkpoint in the eastern German town of Zittau December 21, 2007. Frontiers in east Europe once guarded by machineguns and barbed wire in the Cold War fell away on Friday as nine mostly former communist states joined the EU's border-free zone amid fireworks, cheers and music. The extension of the European Union's so-called Schengen zone brought in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY)
EU BORDERS/GATE
RTX4XEP
December 21, 2007
People with Polish flags run into a no-go zone that cut across one of Europe's most beautiful beaches...
Ahlbeck, Germany
People run into a no-go zone that cut across one of Europe's most beautiful beaches into the Baltic Sea...
People with Polish flags run into a no-go zone that cut across one of Europe's most beautiful beaches into the Baltic Sea at German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124 miles) north east of Berlin December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone is extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the 'Schengen' border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY)
EU-BORDERS/
RTX4XCO
December 21, 2007
State premier of Saxony state Georg Milbradt (L) hands a customs sign to European Commission President...
Zittau, Germany
State premier of Saxony state Milbradt hands a customs sign to European Commission President Barroso...
State premier of Saxony state Georg Milbradt (L) hands a customs sign to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the end of a ceremony, after the border gate was lifted up on the German-Polish border checkpoint, in the eastern German town of Zittau December 21, 2007. Frontiers in east Europe once guarded by machineguns and barbed wire in the Cold War fell away on Friday as nine mostly former communist states joined the EU's border-free zone amid fireworks, cheers and music. The extension of the European Union's so-called Schengen zone brought in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. REUTERS/Petr Josek (GERMANY)
EU BORDERS/GATE
RTX4XFR
December 21, 2007
People cross the border at a former no-go zone that cuts across one of Europe's most beautiful beaches...
Ahlbeck, Germany
People cross the border at a former no-go zone that cuts across one of Europe's most beautiful beaches...
People cross the border at a former no-go zone that cuts across one of Europe's most beautiful beaches into the Baltic Sea at German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124 miles) north east of Berlin December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone is extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the 'Schengen' border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY)
EU BORDERS/
RTX4XDF
December 21, 2007
Czech Republic's Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pottering, Poland's...
Zittau, Germany
Topolanek, Pottering, Tusk, Merkel, Socrates and Barroso attend a ceremony in Zittau
Czech Republic's Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pottering, Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Portugal's Prime Minister and President-in-office of the EU Council Jose Socrates and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (L-R) attend a ceremony on the German-Polish border checkpoint in the eastern German town of Zittau December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone was extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY)
EU BORDERS/GATE
RTX4XE8
December 21, 2007
A Polish border police member cuts a piece of a chain-link fence and no-go zone that cut across one of...
Ahlbeck, Germany
A Polish border police member cuts a piece of a fence at the German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende...
A Polish border police member cuts a piece of a chain-link fence and no-go zone that cut across one of Europe's most beautiful beaches into the Baltic Sea at German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124 miles) north east of Berlin December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone is extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the 'Schengen' border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY)
EU BORDERS/GATE
RTX4XET
December 21, 2007
People stand at a former no-go zone that cuts across one of Europe's most beautiful beaches into the...
Ahlbeck, Germany
People stand at a former no-go zone that cuts across one of Europe's most beautiful beaches into the...
People stand at a former no-go zone that cuts across one of Europe's most beautiful beaches into the Baltic Sea at German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124 miles) north east of Berlin December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone is extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the 'Schengen' border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY)
EU BORDERS/
RTX4XDL
December 21, 2007
Polish sellers wait for clients near the German-Polish border checkpoint in near the eastern German town...
Zittau, Germany
Polish sellers wait for clients near the German-Polish border checkpoint in near the eastern German town...
Polish sellers wait for clients near the German-Polish border checkpoint in near the eastern German town of Zittau December 21, 2007. The sign reads 'Cheep cigarettes'. Frontiers in east Europe once guarded by machineguns and barbed wire in the Cold War fell away on Friday as nine mostly former communist states joined the EU's border-free zone amid fireworks, cheers and music. The extension of the European Union's so-called Schengen zone brought in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY)
EU BORDERS/
RTX4X0S
December 21, 2007
Spectators wait for the countdown to cross the border during celebrations at the German-Polish border...
Ahlbeck, Germany
Spectators wait for the countdown to cross the border during celebrations at the German-Polish border...
Spectators wait for the countdown to cross the border during celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124 miles) north east of Berlin December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone was extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY)
EU-BORDERS/
RTX4X0M
December 21, 2007
Spectators watch fireworks during celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende,...
Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, Germany
Spectators watch fireworks during celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende...
Spectators watch fireworks during celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124 miles) north east of Berlin December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone was extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY)
CZECH-SCHENGEN/
RTX4WOD
December 20, 2007
A man rides his bicycle alongside the river Nisse in Zittau next to the Poland, Czech Republic and Germany...
Zittau, Czech Republic
A man rides his bicycle alongside the river Nisse in Zittau
A man rides his bicycle alongside the river Nisse in Zittau next to the Poland, Czech Republic and Germany countries' bordering triangle December 20, 2007. The European Union's border-free zone will be extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia on December 21. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Petr Josek (CZECH REPUBLIC)
EU-BORDERS/
RTX4X10
December 21, 2007
Polish border police talk to spectators during celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint of...
Ahlbeck, Germany
Polish border police talk to spectators during celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint of...
Polish border police talk to spectators during celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint of Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Berlin, December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone is extended to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the 'Schengen' border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY)
GERMANY/
RTX4X1N
December 21, 2007
A girl dressed as an angel stands on the border bridge between Poland and Germany in Frankfurt on Oder,...
Frankfurt On Oder, Germany
A girl dressed as an angel stands on the border bridge between Poland and Germany in Frankfurt on Oder...
A girl dressed as an angel stands on the border bridge between Poland and Germany in Frankfurt on Oder, December 21. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone is extended to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the 'Schengen' border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele (GERMANY)
EU BORDERS/GATE
RTX4X1B
December 21, 2007
People attend celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124...
Ahlbeck, Germany
People attend celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende
People attend celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124 miles) north east of Berlin December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone is extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the 'Schengen' border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY)
SLOVENIA
RTX4X3V
December 21, 2007
People play accordions at the border between Slovenia and Italy in the border crossing at Robic December...
ROBIC, Slovenia
People play accordions between Slovenia and Italy in the border crossing at Robic
People play accordions at the border between Slovenia and Italy in the border crossing at Robic December 21, 2007. The European Union's border-free zone will be extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia on December 21. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic (SLOVENIA)
GERMANY/
RTX4WOY
December 20, 2007
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (2ndL) and his Polish counterpart Grzegorz Schetyna (L) cut...
Frankfurt On Oder, Germany
German Interior Minister Schaeuble and his Polish counterpart Schetyna cut a symbolic border ribbon...
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (2ndL) and his Polish counterpart Grzegorz Schetyna (L) cut a symbolic border ribbon at the German-Polish border near the German city of Frankfurt on Oder, December 20, 2007. The European Union's border-free zone will be extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia on December 21. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele (GERMANY)
EU BORDERS/
RTX4X0V
December 21, 2007
A Polish border police member waves to colleagues during celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint...
Ahlbeck, Germany
A Polish border police member waves to colleagues during celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint...
A Polish border police member waves to colleagues during celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124 miles) north east of Berlin December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone was extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY)
EU-BORDERS/
RTX4X3R
December 21, 2007
A man opens a border gate between Slovenia and Italy in Robic December 21, 2007. The European Union's...
ROBIC, Slovenia
A man opens a border gate between Slovenia and Italy in Robic
A man opens a border gate between Slovenia and Italy in Robic December 21, 2007. The European Union's border-free zone will be extended to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia on December 21. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Srdjan Zivulovic (SLOVENIA)
EU-BORDERS/
RTX4X17
December 21, 2007
Latvian border guards observe fireworks during a ceremony on the Latvian-Lithuanian border when the Schengen...
GRENSTALE, Latvia
Latvian border guards observe fireworks during a ceremony on the Latvian-Lithuanian border
Latvian border guards observe fireworks during a ceremony on the Latvian-Lithuanian border when the Schengen treaty comes into force in Grenstale, about 60 km (37 miles) from the capital Riga, December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone was extended to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA)
EU-BORDERS/
RTX4X1C
December 21, 2007
The first cars from Latvia and Lithuania cross the border when the Schengen treaty comes into force in...
GRENSTALE, Latvia
The first cars from Latvia and Lithuania cross the border when the Schengen treaty comes into force in...
The first cars from Latvia and Lithuania cross the border when the Schengen treaty comes into force in Grenstale, about 60 km (37 miles) from the capital Riga, December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone was extended to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA)
GERMANY/
RTX4WP9
December 20, 2007
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (R) holds a rose as he sits beside his Polish counterpart...
Frankfurt On Oder, Germany
German Interior Minister Schaeuble holds a rose as he sits beside his Polish counterpart Schetyna during...
German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble (R) holds a rose as he sits beside his Polish counterpart Grzegorz Schetyna during a news conference at the German-Polish border near the German city of Frankfurt on Oder, December 20, 2007. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele (GERMANY)
EU BORDERS/
RTX4X0O
December 21, 2007
Polish and German border police staff listen to their national anthems during celebrations at the German-Polish...
Ahlbeck, Germany
Polish and German border police staff listen to their national anthems during celebrations at the German-Polish...
Polish and German border police staff listen to their national anthems during celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124 miles) north east of Berlin December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone was extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY)
EU-BORDERS/
RTX4X0R
December 21, 2007
One of the last passport checks is carried out by a Slovakian border guard minutes before the checkpoint's...
PETRZALKA, Slovakia
One of the last passport checks is carried out by a Slovakian border guard on the border between Slovakia...
One of the last passport checks is carried out by a Slovakian border guard minutes before the checkpoint's closure at midnight on the border between Slovakia's Petrzalka and Austria's Berg December 20, 2007. The European Union's border-free zone will be extended to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia on December 21. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/David W Cerny (SLOVAKIA)
EU-BORDERS/
RTX4X16
December 21, 2007
Latvian border guard Ilmars Ivanovs checks a truck at the Latvian-Lithuanian border checkpoint in the...
GRENSTALE, Latvia
Latvian border guard Ivanovs checks a truck at the Latvian-Lithuanian border checkpoint in Grenstale
Latvian border guard Ilmars Ivanovs checks a truck at the Latvian-Lithuanian border checkpoint in the final minutes before the Schengen treaty comes into force in Grenstale, about 60 km (37 miles) from the capital Riga, December 20, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone was extended to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA)
SLOVAKIA/
RTX4WCY
December 20, 2007
Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico (L) and Austria's Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer saw a symbolic border...
Bratislava, Slovakia
Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico (L) and Austria's Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer saw a symbolic border...
Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico (L) and Austria's Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer saw a symbolic border gate at the border between Slovakia's Petrzalka and Austria's Berg, in Bratislava December 20, 2007. The European Union's border-free zone will be extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia on December 21. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/David W Cerny (SLOVAKIA)
EU BORDERS/GATE
RTX4X19
December 21, 2007
People attend celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124...
Ahlbeck, Germany
People attend celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende
People attend celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124 miles) north east of Berlin December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone is extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the 'Schengen' border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY)
SLOVAKIA/
RTX4WDM
December 20, 2007
Austria's Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer makes a speech before sawing a symbolic border gate at the border...
Bratislava, Slovakia
Austria's Chancellor Gusenbauer makes a speech at the border between Slovakia's Petrzalka and Austria's...
Austria's Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer makes a speech before sawing a symbolic border gate at the border between Slovakia's Petrzalka and Austria's Berg December 20, 2007. The European Union's border-free zone will be extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia on December 21. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/David W Cerny (SLOVAKIA)
AUSTRIA/
RTX4WZD
December 20, 2007
A Hungary and an Austria policeman check a truck at the Austrian-Hungarian border at Nickelsdorf December...
NICKELSDORF, Austria
Hungry and Austria policemen check a truck at the Austrian-Hungarian border at Nickelsdorf
A Hungary and an Austria policeman check a truck at the Austrian-Hungarian border at Nickelsdorf December 20, 2007. The European Union's border-free zone will be extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia on December 21. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer (AUSTRIA)
AUSTRIA/
RTX4WZ6
December 20, 2007
Hungary's Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany (front) greets a car driver next to Austria's Chancellor Alfred...
NICKELSDORF, Austria
Hungary's Prime Minister Gyurcsany greets a car driver next to Austria's Chancellor Gusenbauer at the...
Hungary's Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany (front) greets a car driver next to Austria's Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer (R) at the Austrian-Hungarian border at Nickelsdorf December 20, 2007. The European Union's border-free zone will be extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia on Friday. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer (AUSTRIA)
EU-BORDERS/
RTX4X1I
December 21, 2007
A Latvian police brass band performs during a ceremony at a Latvian-Lithuanian border checkpoint in the...
GRENSTALE, Latvia
A Latvian police brass band performs during a ceremony at a Latvian-Lithuanian border checkpoint
A Latvian police brass band performs during a ceremony at a Latvian-Lithuanian border checkpoint in the final minutes before the Schengen treaty comes into force in Grenstale, about 60 km (37 miles) from the capital Riga, December 20, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone was extended to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA)
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December 21, 2007
A truck crosses the Latvian-Lithuanian border at a checkpoint in the final minutes before the Schengen...
GRENSTALE, Latvia
A truck crosses the Latvian-Lithuanian border at a checkpoint in Grenstale
A truck crosses the Latvian-Lithuanian border at a checkpoint in the final minutes before the Schengen treaty comes into force in Grenstale, about 60 km (37 miles) from the capital Riga, December 20, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone was extended to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins (LATVIA)
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December 20, 2007
(L-R) Erik Buxbaum, Austria's director general for public security, Hungarian Justice Minister Albert...
Hegyeshalom, Hungary
Buxbaum, Austria's director general for public security, Hungarian Justice Minister Takacs and Hungarian...
(L-R) Erik Buxbaum, Austria's director general for public security, Hungarian Justice Minister Albert Takacs and Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany open a border gate at the Hungarian-Austrian border in Hegyeshalom December 20, 2007. The European Union's border-free zone will be extended to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia on December 21. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer (HUNGARY)
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December 21, 2007
Fireworks illuminate the border bridge between Poland and Germany in Frankfurt on Oder, December 21,...
Frankfurt On Oder, Germany
Fireworks illuminate the border bridge between Poland and Germany in Frankfurt on Oder
Fireworks illuminate the border bridge between Poland and Germany in Frankfurt on Oder, December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone is extended to the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the 'Schengen' border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Johannes Eisele (GERMANY)
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December 21, 2007
A public transport bus is brought in position during celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint...
Ahlbeck, Germany
A public transport bus is brought in position during celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint...
A public transport bus is brought in position during celebrations at the German-Polish border checkpoint Ahlbeck-Swinemuende, some 200 kms (124 miles) north east of Berlin December 21, 2007. A minute after midnight the European Union's border-free zone was extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz (GERMANY)
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December 20, 2007
A woman fixes European Union flags on a building at the Hradek nad Nisou border crossing checkpoint next...
HRADEK NAD NISOU, Czech Republic
A woman fixes European Union flags on a building at the Hradek nad Nisou border crossing checkpoint
A woman fixes European Union flags on a building at the Hradek nad Nisou border crossing checkpoint next to the Poland, Czech Republic and Germany countries' bordering triangle December 20, 2007. The European Union's border-free zone will be extended to Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia on December 21. People from these nations can travel to the existing 15 states of the "Schengen" border-free zone without having to show their passports. REUTERS/Petr Josek (CZECH REPUBLIC)
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