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  •  EU countries do not "require papers" (0+ / 0-)

    in the sense that the AZ law does. While citizens carry a national ID, there is no law in place (at least not in this day and age) that calls for checking the papers of "suspicious looking" people.

    Europeans show their IDs in the same contexts as Americans show theirs: at liquor stores and night clubs, when paying with checks, or at the voting booth. The police checks IDs of people who are involved in some kind of criminal activity, either as suspects or as witnesses. In this century, random "papers please" does not happen.

    When I took my never-been-anywhere-but-Texas boyfriend to Germany last winter, we went across the border to the Netherlands for a day. No one stopped us at the border, and he was disappointed that he didn't get another stamp in his passport.

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