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Fortress Europe

Posted by Ingo on August 27, 2004

Does anyone know where this phrase originated? Whenever I stumble upon it, it refers to Europe's efforts to keep third-world immigrants from entering the EU.
I think there might be a connection to world war II and the Nazis proclaiming a "Festung Europa" (Fortress Europe) sometime before D-day, but I am not too sure if this is a fact ... Anybody out there with some more solid knowledge?