Latest blog articles by Unfried

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    Why do Dutch entrepreneurs just across the border not receive corona benefits?

    14 May 2020
    During the corona crisis, national measures in the three countries on the Limburg borders are not coordinated equally well. As a result, there is currently a situation in the border region where certain border entrepreneurs fall between the cracks, such as in the Dutch newspaper NRC on April 2nd (" Emergency support for entrepreneurs? Not for these 'border cases ") and recently on April 24th in the Limburger and WijLimburg (" It seems as if the border entrepreneur stinks of rotten fish "): a Belgian resident with a year-old fish shop in the Netherlands, who now...
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    Not crossing the border: recommendation or ban?

    16 April 2020
    During the Easter weekend there was a lack of clarity about what the rules are at the German-Dutch border. What is actually still allowed when it comes to travelling from the Netherlands to Germany and vice versa? Both the government in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and in the Netherlands have communicated recommendations not to enter the country at Easter. Dear tourists: stay away! That sounded like good advice. Or was it a ban? That makes quite a difference. But it wasn't clear from the communication from both governments which of the two, advice or ban, was...
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    The closing of national borders within the EU is a reflex and not the most effective instrument for health protection

    27 March 2020
    Cross-border non-coordination Yesterday I was in Maastricht at the Belgian border which is no more than 1 km behind my house. I wanted to see it with my own eyes: the border was closed. The Belgian government has put up barriers to prevent us from entering their country. For five years we at ITEM have been working to reduce the existing legal and fiscal problems in our cross-border Euregion. And now the border is closed. The road is closed. This is of course the opposite of successful Euregional integration.