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Denmark to scrap tougher border controls

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Denmark to scrap tougher border controls


During its first session, Denmark’s new government announced it will reverse controversial plans to erect new border control facilities.

The current centre-left three party coalition headed by Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt took office on Monday, replacing a centre-right government determined to build more checkpoints with more customs officers. The reasons given were to prevent smuggling, human trafficking and what it called “brutal crime.”

The previous decision angered the German government. The European Union also issued a warning to Copenhagen about breaching the Schengen Treaty – which allows the free movement in Europe’s 25-country passport free area.

The country’s new prime minister said she was rolling back the plan in order to strengthen Denmark’s engagement with the EU.

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