In Context - Ending European rapid rail breaks

Heading out for a city break this holiday weekend? You've maybe been tempted by one of the offers, proliferating in the newspapers, of high-speed rail trips to delightful European cities. And you won't be disappointed - until you reach one of Europe's invisible borders. Invisible, because you're in the passport-free Schengen zone. But not insensible, because here your TGV or ICE is likely to grind nearly to a halt. Europe has a boundary problem on its rails.

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