Germans appear to be losing faith in the idea of a borderless Europe, as the results of a poll published on Tuesday showed that two-thirds would prefer the government to end the Schengen free-movement zone.

The survey by French pollsters Ifop found that while 60 percent of Italians were against Schengen - an agreement which allows people to travel within the EU without showing a passport - across the Rhine the number of French people wanting borders closed was as high as 72 percent.

It shows that the terror attacks in Brussels and Paris "stoked the feeling that things have escalated out of control," Ifop opinion research director Jérôme Fourquet told the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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