European Union Challenges US Visa Regulations

Members of the European Union are upset at stringent new American visa regulations which establish new requirements in order to travel to America. Under new requirements, other nations would agree to allow the placement of armed U.S. marshals on all flights bound for the United States, and provide personal information about all passengers including their family members, EU officials are worried the United States is pursuing a policy of divide and conquer by persuading some EU members to agree to these conditions. A major concern is the safety of information being provided because of lack of guarantees the data will be protected against use by non-government bodies.

The Bush approach invariably demands rather than requests, it is unilateral rather than collaborative, and places its interpretation of what constitutes “security” as the definitive meaning.