Europe’s restrictive visa policies irk some big neighbours
Dec 31st 2011 | from the print edition
EARLY in December the Russian embassy in London hosted a “visa-free” barbecue to draw attention to the European Union’s visa regime. Russia says the system contradicts the spirit of the 1975 Helsinki declaration, which pledged to make exit and entry easier. An EU/Russia summit a week later returned to the theme. Visa liberalisation is also a priority for Turkey, which has been relaxing the rules for many of its eastern neighbours.
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