What Peaceful Borders Between European Countries Look Like

The Schengen Agreement is a treaty which led to the creation of Europe’s borderless Schengen Area. It was signed on 14 June 1985 by five of the ten member states of the then European Economic Community near the town of Schengen, Luxembourg. It proposed the gradual abolition of border checks at the signatories’ common borders. Measures proposed included reduced speed vehicle checks which allowed vehicles to cross borders without stopping, allowing residents in border areas freedom to cross borders away from fixed checkpoints and the harmonisation of visa policies. (Wikipedia)

Since 1985 90% of the restriction within the European Union have been erased. Valerio Vincenzo ( a Dutch talented photographer) decided to record in written (mostly digitalise it) this change in his unique series “Borderline, the Frontiers of Peace,” a project which is especially touching nowadays, as the EU is struggling with the immigrant crisis.

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Austria – Czech Republic

Austria – Czech Republic

Romania – Bulgaria

Romania – Bulgaria

Germany – Poland

Germany – Poland

Switzerland – Italy

Switzerland – Italy

Poland – Lithuania

Poland – Lithuania

France – Germany

France – Germany

Norway – Finland – Sweden

Norway – Finland – Sweden

Sweden – Finland

Sweden – Finland

Valerio said:     “With the help of a GPS and detailed maps, I have conducted many trips along these “erased” borderlines, with the intention of capturing the essence of these now-peaceful crossings,” writes Vincenzo. “Even if sometimes these pictures have been taken thousands of km away from each other, they all provide images that are far from the stereotype that we tend to associate with the notion of border. What is a border anyway?”

France – Italy

France – Italy

Bulgaria – Greece

Bulgaria – Greece

Bulgaria – Romania

Bulgaria – Romania

Luxembourg – Belgium

Luxembourg – Belgium

Czech Republic – Poland

Czech Republic – Poland

France – Belgium

France – Belgium

Germany – Denmark

Germany – Denmark

Netherlands – Germany – Belgium

Netherlands – Germany – Belgium

Germany – Poland

Germany – Poland

Italy – Austria

Italy – Austria

Spain – France

Spain – France

Slovakia – Poland

Slovakia – Poland

Slovenia – Italy

Slovenia – Italy

Germany – Austria

Germany – Austria

Germany – Austria

Germany – Austria

Portugal – Spain

Portugal – Spain

Switzerland – Italy

Switzerland – Italy

Poland – Czech Republic

Poland – Czech Republic

Austria – Switzerland – Germany

Austria – Switzerland – Germany

France – Switzerland

France – Switzerland

Hungary – Austria

Hungary – Austria

Belgium – Netherlands

Belgium – Netherlands

Germany – Czech Republic

Germany – Czech Republic

Latvia – Estonia

Latvia – Estonia

Poland – Slovakia

Poland – Slovakia

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