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Passport-Free Movement: Union and Schengen Zone

passport-free movement: Seehofer leads the Christian Social Union, thesister party to the chancellor's Christian Democratic Union, according to CTV. Merkel was equally steadfast in arguing that such a unilateral action would cause other countries to close their borders and jeopardize the passport-free movement that is a hallmark of Europe's Schengen zone. Merkel has been at odds for more than three weeks with Interior Minister Horst Seehoferover his insistence that migrants who have sought asylum elsewhere in the European Union should be turned away at Germany's borders. But the two emerged from about five hours of talks saying they agreed to establish transit centres on Germany's border with Austria where asylum-seekers would be evaluated and, if it turned out they already had applied for protection in another EU country, sent back to that country. The spirit of partnership within the European Union is protected, and at the same time it's a decisive step to regulate and organize secondary migration, she told reporters without taking questions. Individuals who are rejected by those countries will be pointed back into Austria upon agreement with Vienna, according to the deal that Merkel called a very good compromise. ( As reported in the news.