Merkel: If We Close The Border, ‘Europe Is Destroyed’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made an impassioned plea for keeping Europe’s internal Schengen—zone borders open, despite the migrant crisis. The warning of destruction, which has followed several others made at times where borders have had to be closed in order to manage the migrant crisis came as Europe braced for a “new wave of refugees”, reports Die Presse. Following the so-called closure of the Balkan route — which nevertheless still sees thousands of migrants making their way to Hungary’s borders every week — focus has moved to Italy, as migrant boats sail from North Africa. The improving summer weather and sea-state conditions is exacerbating this trend, and has seen the key strategic Brenner Pass subjected to strict controls, and civil unrest. Mrs. Merkel said: “If now all come from Libya through Italy, to say we could simply close the [Brenner Pass] simply will not do. Then Europe is destroyed”. The apocalyptic warning came as Mrs. Merkel gave her suggestions on how to save the continental European Union power-bloc. First on the list was an appeal for the people to have patience. Admitting the migrant crisis had already lasted longer “than initially thought”, the German leader called on all to show