EU Parliament Seeks To Reinstate Visas For American Travelers

A non-binding resolution passed by a show of hands said the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, was "legally obliged to take measures temporarily reintroducing visa requirements for United States citizens" within two months.

The US still demands that EU citizens from Poland, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, and Bulgaria obtain visas to enter regardless of their European Union statuses.

European Union officials have said they'd rather resolve the issue diplomatically with the USA government, but if they can't, the Parliament could approve the measure as early as May 2017. The rules set a two-year warning period before action is taken - and because the initial warning to the US went out in April 2014, it expired last year. Parliament argues that as a result the Commission has been "legally obliged" to take measures.

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In April 2014, the European Commission was notified that five countries were not meeting their obligations towards the EU with regard to reciprocity of visa-free travel: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Japan and the US.

The four other countries the EU Commission notified in April 2014 are Australia, Brunei, Canada, and Japan-three of these four have already lifted visa requirements since then while Canada has announced [press release] its intention to do so by the end of the year.

Relations between the USA and other countries have already been markedly chilled since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, who in only six weeks has lashed out at Mexico, alienated China, and dismissed the Australian prime minister.

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