The Seattle Times:
Germany is backing the demand of French President Nicolas Sarkozy to give nations of the Schengen borderless zone more independent means to close their national territory "as a last resort."
Only days ahead of France's first round of presidential elections, during which illegal immigration is a major issue, Berlin and Paris sent a joint letter to the European Union demanding the "nonnegotiable" right to re-establish national border controls for a month if need be.
Sarkozy has said if he is re-elected, he could pull France out of Europe's border-free travel zone if more is not done to tackle illegal immigration. The purpose of the Schengen zone is to make travel easier among its 25 member countries.
In the letter by the French and German interior ministers, both nations said that any "threat to security and public order comes under national sovereignty," trumping any say by the EU or other multinational institution.