Just as we’re putting up this post, a number of barriers are coming down across Europe.
Today, the European Union removed multiple internal borders—like those previously dividing Germany and Poland, and Slovakia from Austria. In an effort to further promote border-free travel, most intra-European borders previously guarded by patrols and border stations have been abolished, effective this morning.
With this new initiative, the free-travel area expands to 24 countries with the addition of Estonia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.
400 million Europeans, with or without Smart Cars, can now drive all the way from Portugal in the west to Latvia in the east without showing a passport, visa, or other form of identification.
Berlin’s Tagesspiegel newspaper responded to the amendment by announcing, “The Iron Curtain has finally fallen.”
We think this is all fantastic news—especially during this season of tidings and joy. Which reminds us, happy holidays Cheapos!