Border checks to stay in Europe tired of attacks, migration

Mindy Sparks
October 13, 2017

Germany has extended border checks for another six months, the federal interior ministry announced on Thursday.

However, the immigration and integration minister, Inger Støjberg, rejected the demands, and a week later she confirmed that Denmark, Austria, France, Germany and Norway had sent a new proposal to make it possible for border controls to be in place between EU Schengen countries for up to four years.

It stressed the Austrian land border remained the focus of irregular migration while more unauthorized entry was made by air from Greece.

The decision to extend border controls to European Union (EU) Commission and Schengen Member States, government has shown threat of terrorism as a justification for increase of up to 12 May 2018.

At a meeting of European Union interior ministers in Luxembourg, Germany's Thomas de Maiziere said Berlin was still committed to freedom of movement, "but at the moment we can not do without checks".

"The reason is the tense security situation in Europe with regards to worldwide terrorism and the still inadequate protection of our external borders", he told reporters in Luxembourg.

France will continue to exercise tighter border controls with its Schengen neighbours until April 30, 2018.

France re-introduced border controls on the night of November 13, 2015, after a group of ISIS militants launched a series of coordinated shootings and explosions across Paris, including the Bataclan Theatre, killing 130 people and injuring hundreds more.

"We are working hard on this, all member states, the EU Commission and the EU Council, but there is still a long way to go", said de Maiziere.

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