To the East, Mixed Schengen Results

The enlargement of the Schengen area in 2007 opened Western Europe to former Soviet bloc states. Gone are the Cold War-era border crossings that divided the continent for more than half-a-century. Unchecked frontiers and easy passage has revolutionized both travel and traffic flow. The openings have produced cases of remarkable rapprochement, with ties between Austria and Slovakia as a good example. But cordiality is not always a constant. In somecases, historical animosities endure.