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Germany backs Bulgaria's bid to join Schengen

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Visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her support for Bulgaria's accession to Schengen, saying that "soon" the Balkan state could partially join the border-free area.

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ulgaria's accession to Schengen has been discussed for a long time, Merkel said while answering a question at a press conference after talks with her Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov.

"We support Bulgaria, and Bulgaria to date has been guarding an external border of the European Union (EU), the Bulgarian-Turkish border," Merkel said.

Merkel said she could not say a specific date for Bulgaria's accession to Schengen.

However, in her opinion, the introduction of the rules of the Schengen Area in Bulgaria would start gradually, first at the airports, Merkel said.

This topic would come back on the agenda very soon, Merkel added.

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