FECL 05 (April 1992):
In an interview with the Austrian daily "Der Standard", Reinhard Bscher, member of the cabinet of EC-vice-minister Martin Bangemann gave a plausible explanation for the Schengen countries sudden change of mind: "Just take a look at the map and you will see that, without an arrangement with Austria, Italy will de facto only be able to participate in the internal market by air and sea."
This astonishing case of creating far reaching political facts without any form of democratic consultation is being made palatable to the Austrian public by presenting a Schengen-membership as an uncomplicated way of making life easier for the "average citizen". Who could be opposed to crossing borders without identity or merchandise controls and without taking the risk of endless traffic jams on a vacation journey?
Nothing is said about the other implications of the Schengen agreement and the leader of the green party's parliamentary group, Madeleine Petrovic believes that all this was initiated in order to "anticipate a referendum which is assessed as problematic by the government" and she deplores that the parliament is never informed on the negotiations: "The level of information of the parliament amounts to what is said by the media".
source: Der Standard, Vienna, 20.2.92