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Denmark and Europe: The Importance of the Long View (Alastair Matthews)

Alastair Matthews wonders if border controls are a sign that we are forgetting our cultural past.

The picture at the railway station in Copenhagen Airport is by now so familiar that it is easy to forget that things were ever any different.
That there was not a stark grey fence keeping the lines for Sweden and Denmark apart. That it was possible to simply walk onto a train to Malmö without being herded around barriers so that each and every passenger can have their ID checked. That it was possible to get to, well, just about anywhere west of Copenhagen by rail without the lottery of whether they are or are not going to run the shuttle you now need to make that connection at the Central Station.

Read the rest of Marie-Curie postdoctoral fellow Alastair Matthews' opinion piece at

Editing was completed: 13.05.2016