Denmark closes borders and where is the MSM reporting this?

Those who visit Gates of Vienna [H/T Chuckles] will know they have people on the ground in Scandinavia and so this has come through, from one C.Cantoni [who] sent this terse announcement [yesterday]:

Denmark has suspended the Schengen treaty and re-introduced controls at its borders with Germany and Sweden. It was announced by the country’s Finance Minister, Claus Hjort Frederiksen. . .

The most concise and informative MSM story [I could find] was half a world away, here:

The tensions in the euro zone should be more than a matter of academic interest for Britain and other non-euro nations. The Schengen agreement, which guarantees passport-free travel across the bulk of the EU, one of the cornerstones of the European project, is unravelling as France closes its border with Italy and more desperate immigrants pour in from North Africa.

Did you see this in the MSM in any detail?  I don’t have television or radio but it didn’t appear to be in the online news media.  An unlikely and yet a likely source is Welshcakes who lives in Sicily and knows of the situation daily from the Italian press:

Since my last update the term “Arab spring” has been coined and news of the migration crisis in its wake has at last been reported by the media of nations not directly affected. However, as certain EU states work out how they might tackle the problem by modifying the Schengen Agreement, tragedy again proves that it does not wait for bureaucracy:

On Friday an inadequate boat carrying up to 600 migrants foundered off the coast of Libya and no one knows how many of these perished.

UNHCR reports today that 16 bodies have been found, among them those of two babies. It is unclear who, if anyone, is searching for the other passengers. There are also, as I write, unconfirmed reports of a second boat which might have run aground nearby at the same time. Some migrants who have already reached Lampedusa say that they saw it and enquiries are underway.

She’s concerned with the human tragedy of the boat people and rightly so, while we might be more concerned with the end of the chain, e.g. Denmark and the ramifications of its decision – also rightly so. Thus we have a chain of events, beginning with the troubles in north Africa, where our forces are meddling and even setting up a Central Bank and then we see the threat to the Shengen agreement at the other.

While the problem of the immigrants is being stemmed at the source:

Meanwhile, an agreement signed by Italy and Tunisia on 5th May allows for the repatriation of migrant Tunisians arriving in Italy after that date, plus another 800 who arrived before it. However, in recent weeks the provenance of most new arrivals has changed, with the majority now fleeing Libya or Sub-Saharan countries. The International Organization for Migration [OIM in Italy] is supporting a voluntary repatriation programme funded by the EU and managed by the Italian Ministry of the Interior.

… this doesn’t stop Denmark making its move.  Is the EU concerned in the least about this and the Greek developments?  Gates of Vienna again:

“Just before 6 p.m. [on Friday],” the WSJ reports, “German news magazine Spiegel Online distributed a report saying that eurozone finance ministers were convening a secret, emergency meeting in Luxembourg that evening to discuss a Greek demand to quit the eurozone.”

Reporters frantically phoned Mr. Juncker’s spokesman, Guy Schuller, to verify the “secret meeting” assertion Spiegel Online had made. The official word: No meeting. Even though there actually was one.

OK – I’ve just checked the Telegraph, the times and Googlenews UK. Let me just check the Beeb now. Zero – absolutely effing zero. Now was the GoV correspondent wrong in what he heard? He quoted the Minister. Or are we not interested?

Or is this being ignored by the PTB and their MSM? Is this not a fair question?

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UPDATE, 14:55: I stand corrected that the UK MSM didn’t run it [see comment in thread below] but the fact remains that it is not being discussed on our island[s] in any great depth, as to its implications. Where are the double page spreads and so on. Sorry if this is unfair to the dear old MSM.

UPDATE UPDATE, 15:49:  Goodnight Vienna reports that:

I’ve googled and googled but still can’t find any reference to yesterday’s vote in the European Parliament that Britain should give up its seat on the UN Security Council in favour of the EU. I’ll just have to accept the fact that the British mainstream media don’t think this is a big issue.

I’ve found this on it so far.

15 comments for “Denmark closes borders and where is the MSM reporting this?

  1. Wolfie
    May 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Regarding Denmark.

    My wife is currently visiting her Mother and she tells me this is big news on the Spanish TV networks. Also that this has a lot to do with France issuing passports to migrants and then escorting them on to another border for some other sucker in the zone to look after.

    Regarding Arab Spring.

    So why did these freedom-loving revolutionaries bomb a Moroccan café popular with western tourists?

    Regarding Greece.

    The Germans coughed-up. That they continue to do so is another matter.

    • CJ Nerd
      May 12, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      “Regarding Arab Spring.

      So why did these freedom-loving revolutionaries bomb a Moroccan café popular with western tourists? ”

      They didn’t. Al-Quaeda supporters did.

      Guess what? They have different views. The revolutionary types in Tunisia/Egypt/Libya have, by and large, a positive view of the West. The Al-Quaeda bunch don’t.

      It’s a BIG mistake to lump all North African Arabs together and assume they all think the same thing.

      • Wolfie
        May 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm

        So I guess those lovely Egyptian chaps involved in The Wilding of Lara Logan were just showing their “positive view of all things Western” I guess. LOL.

        …about 200 or more men surround and separate Lara Logan from her security, and the crowd shouted “Jew, Jew!”, and “American bitch!”.

        Not every nasty thing that happens in the ME is Al-Qaeda and not every revolution is tailored to Western tastes.

        • Tim Stanley
          May 13, 2011 at 8:07 pm

          Yeah and I guess that you still need to learn how to read…

          CJ Nerd said that just because a group of people from North Africa did something doesn’t mean that another group of people from North Africa automatically agree with them.

          Sometimes I wonder why we let idiots like you vote. Surely reading comprehension should be an initial test.

          • May 13, 2011 at 9:05 pm

            This last one, by Tim Stanley, has been brought to our attention as ad hominem.

            OK guys, we didn’t actually write a comments policy and it’s gone well so far – nobody seems to have got too guided missile in the vitriol at fellow commenters.

            Radical blog like this – the sparks will fly but can we keep them on our targets and not on our fellow commenters please?

          • May 14, 2011 at 7:50 am

            To reiterate James’ point, we can indulge in robust debate without the ad homs. Please be polite, people. Thanks.

  2. May 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    That’s rather a turn up for the books, and amusing timing on the back of the wonderful tale from Ms Raccoon the other day

  3. DavidKarr
    May 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    The Telegraph has this (dated 7:43PM BST 11 May 2011)

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/denmark/8507772/Denmark-announces-decision-to-reintroduce-border-controls-ahead-of-Schengen-meeting.html

    The BBC has this “11 May 2011 Last updated at 17:07 ”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-13366047

    The Independent has this, with a slightly differnet emphasis
    http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/denmark-denies-reintroducing-eu-passport-checks-2282903.html

    Nowt in the Guardian as yet, but just on the basis of these I don’t think it’s accurate to say the British MSM is ignoring this.

    • May 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Happy to stand corrected on that but still there is the point – why is it not seen for what it is – another nail in the coffin for the Shengen agreement? France and Italy are both grumbling and the former has already acted. Now this is big news and as has been said above – it’s splashed all over the Spanish MSM.

      • DavidKarr
        May 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

        Hmm. Thanks for noting that.

        Well (I admit I’ve not looked at any tabloids), but I suppose that the main answer to your question is tied in with Britain’s relative detachment from “Europe” in the first place (not least the fact that we don’t participate in Schengen – whereas, obviously, Spain does).

        As for these developments being a “nail in the coffin of Schengen”….well, while I accept that is one interpetation, it is not the only one. Clearly something is afoot: these (limited and seemingly temporary) border checks will certainly will betoken a new approach – but given the convenience (to many vested interests) of border-free travel, I think one may suspect that steps may be taken up to prevent a repetition of the handing out willy-nilly of residence permits as carried out by Italy, rather than anything that amounts to abolishing Schengen. (Indeed, given the much stricter demands made of applicants from, for example, the former Soviet Union, for visas to visit EU countries than hitherto that were introduced when Schengen expanded eastwards, this seems to me, at least, to be the most likely outcome – more centralizing of power, rather than less.)

        I suppose we shall see though…

  4. May 12, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    “Did you see this in the MSM in any detail?”

    Nope, but there was some chatter on Twitter. I might as well get all my news from that now, it’s much, much faster!

  5. May 12, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Presumably France would also be giving up it’s seat on the UN security council, maybe they could lead by example?

  6. May 12, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I am honoured to be quoted here. BBC World is reporting the border situation and has made very brief references to the events on Lampedusa this week.

  7. Franz
    July 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Denmark: get out of my Europe if you’re afraid of everything. We don’t need fascists among us.

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