Article 50 / Leaving the European Union
In the early 90's I spent a month inter-railing in Europe. Ever since, whenever I think of Europe I always think of trains. Railways are its skeleton, holding it all together. In 1994, not long after the Maastricht Treaty had cemented the EU in legislation, the Channel Tunnel opened connecting the railways of Britain with those on the continent. The UK's marriage to Europe seemed celebrated then. It has now been annulled by Brexit. So in the summer of 2017 I moved to Belgium and took to the trains once again in search of Europe. Schengen Area Railway Borders is the resulting project and a work in progress.
High Voltage Frontier Barrier
Dodendraad (Wire of Death) was the local name given to a lethal electric fence that ran the length of the Belgian / Dutch border during WWI. It was built by Germany who called it Grenzhochspannungshindernis (High Voltage Frontier Barrier)
To Schengen and Walhalla
The Schengen Agreement was signed on board the Princesse Marie Astrid passenger boat on the Moselle River at the town of Schengen, Luxembourg on the 14th June 1985. The Agreement facilitates the freedom of movement of people and goods via the removal of border controls within the Schengen Area.
Songs arise from the German bosom,
The horns' sound is exultation;
And its echo reverberates
From the valley back to Walhalla.
Europe Uber Alles
O Wiecznym Pokoju Miedzy Narodami
Wojciech Jastrzębowski (19 April 1799 – 30 December 1882) was a Polish scientist, naturalist and inventor, professor of botanic, physics, zoology and horticulture at Instytut Rolniczo-Leśny in Marymont in Warsaw. During the battle at Olszynka Grochowska he formulated a document which may be described as a project of the first constitution of Europe united as one republic without internal borders, with unified judicial system and institutions consisting of representatives of all nations. The document was named ‘About the everlasting peace between the nations’ (O wiecznym pokoju między narodami)