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German interior minister backs stricter border controls as Denmark extends checks


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German interior minister backs stricter border controls as Denmark extends checks

Denmark has announced that it will extend temporary controls at the German border for at least ten more days.

It marks the third time the Danish government has extended the measures, which were initially put in place on January 4.

Denmark says it is mirroring Sweden’s decision to tighten its borders.

The Germen interior Thomas de Maizière is sympathetic to those countries that wish to increase frontier checks: “Until now, the systematic control of the Schengen borders was forbidden. And if you wanted to control borders, then you needed a special consultation process. The proposition by the European Commission regarding terrorism suggests that these systematic controls should become the rule and that you can make exceptions in certain cases. That is an important point and we support that.”

A new report by Germany’s Bertelsmann Foundation claims an end to Europe’s Schengen passport-free travel zone could cost the European Union up to 1.4 trillion euros over the next decade.’‘

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