Tribune correspondent Shicago begins his article with pictures on the Polish border railway station Terespal.U ancient railway station building is heated by a small group of women with gold teeth … It’s no secret that this smuggler of adjoining Belarus. Preparing for the next fight everyday customs, ladies put on a layer by layer in Poland acquired new clothes.
"To find work at home is easy, but it will pay for no more than 100 bucks a month. Even Belarus isth is not enough to live, "says a journalist one of the ladies at the railway station Lyudmila.
Like others she earns a living in border trade. Once a day, fills bags and plastic bags deshevenky the clothes and other products of Polish hypermarkets and later taking them smuggled into Belarus for sale. According to the Belarusian rules for one trip to the country many products are not linked. Some ladies are required to make three trips a day.
"Our president, from which we can not get rid of, as his son, who will knead it even 60 years, I wish that in Belarus were all poor," says Lyudmila.
While the ladies enjoy reusable Polish visas Shicago Tribune writes. But soon they will face the need to obtain visas Schengen. They are significantly more expensive. One visa stamp in the passport costs about 100 dollars (60 euros). "For us it — fucked," says the lady.
"At the moment we feel ourselves cut off from Poland and the rest of Europe, "reads another Belarusian, 24-year-old Anna, by the way, polka nationality. After the Polish Institute buhgalterkay woman working in a small town in eastern Poland Sedlitse. For her, there are no problems to come home to Belarus, but Anya’s family visit Poland will be even harder.
According to South American edition of the Tribune Shicago new European borders prepyadstviya cause not only on the human, and the highest for a geopolitical level. They share a continent on the Catholic and Protestant West and the Orthodox East. Despite the fact that Brussels wants to see Belarus and Ukraine stepped into the pro-Western direction, his policies may have the effect of working.
Historian from Yale Institute Timothy Snyder, Schengen area, with its free movement of "forcing the EU to do to strengthen the external borders to secede from poorer neighbors.
"It was not the desire of Schengen, but became one of the biggest of its consequences," says Timothy Snyder.
Fellow English strategic center "Chatham House" Robin Sheferd reads as follows:
"The basic idea, which was before the European Union was to create a Europe whole and free … Well, if you are in the European Union, but European countries with large neuvvyazkami — Belarus — or those who try to break the cycle these problems — Ukraine — now behold the European higher ahead of myself and remain outside the curtain "
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