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Time To Close Borders Inside Europe? A Ridiculous Idea

Right-wing politicians think we should abandon the Schengen Area, and return to national borders within Europe. That would make about as much sense as putting a wall around Sicily.

Bulgarian customs officers near the border fence between Bulgaria and Turkey
Bulgarian customs officers near the border fence between Bulgaria and Turkey
Marco Zatterin

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BRUSSELS — In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Europe's right-wing and populist movements have proposed abolishing the EU Schengen Area and returning to border controls as a means to temper growing Islamist terror threats. It's a good headline, but it's doesn't really have legs to stand on.

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The Main COVID Risk Now: Long COVID

Death rates are down, masks are off, but many who have been infected by COVID have still not recovered. Long COVID continues to be hard to diagnose and treatments are still in the developmental stage.

Long COVID feels like a never-ending nightmare for those who suffer from it.

Jessica Berthereau

PARIS — The medical examination took longer than expected in the Parc de Castelnau-le-Lez clinic, near the southern French city of Montpellier. Jocelyne had come to see a specialist for long COVID-19, and exits the appointment slowly with help from her son. The meeting lasted more than an hour, twice as long as planned.

“I’m a fighter, you know, I’ve done a lot of things in my life, I’ve been around the world twice… I’m not saying this to brag, but to tell you my background," says the 40-year-old. "These days, I’m exhausted, I’m not hungry, I no longer drive, I can’t work anymore, I have restless legs syndrome.” She pauses before adding sadly: “I can’t read anymore either.”

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