Visa-free travel for U.S. citizens could get hammered over politics

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The European Union’s (EU) parliament is trying to play “hardball” with the United States in spite of the effect it would possibly have on their tourism trade.

The EU parliament has called for all American tourists visiting Europe to obtain visas prior to their visit.

The European Union is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe.

This move came after the EU attacked President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning specific migrants and because the United States still excludes five European countries from its visa-free travel policy: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, and Romania.

According to a Wall Street Journal report, the EU request for visas will have little effect on travel, but what it does show is the “hostility among some European politicians to the Trump administration.”

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The report said the Parliament’s vote came six weeks into Trump’s presidency and after the legislature publicly slammed Trump’s executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries.

According to Fox News:

“The legislature urged the European Commission to act within two months. The Commission was legally bound to propose by last April that visas be reintroduced for U.S. citizens for 12 months but the 28-nation bloc’s member countries preferred to take no action.”

The European Commission does recognize that this new visa requirement may hurt them financially because tourism may suffer, thereby, also affecting their economy. It has warned of such a possibility but made the decision to move forward anyway.

The European commission pulled the same move on Canada and, essentially, bullied them into lifting all visa requirements for EU citizens by year’s end.

Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Home Affairs commissioner, wrote to the Journal: “As you know, our approach brought results with Canada. We will continue our engagement with the United States on this matter as well our broader cooperation on migration and security.”

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