Federal police start border controls before G7 summit

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Federal police start border controls before G7 summit

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Almost two weeks before the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, temporary controls have begun on all German borders with neighboring countries. According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the reason is increased security requirements around the summit. The officials tried to keep the restrictions as low as possible, said a spokesman for the federal police on Monday.

Almost two weeks before the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria, temporary controls have begun on all German borders with neighboring countries. According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the reason is increased security requirements around the summit. The officials tried to keep the restrictions as low as possible, said a spokesman for the federal police on Monday.

The measures should contribute to the safety of the population, but also to the peaceful course of the planned demonstrations. The arrival of possible violent criminals from abroad should be prevented, said the spokesman. The border controls would be carried out flexibly in terms of time and location until July 3, depending on the situation. Checks are not only made on the roads, but also on trains and on hiking trails. “We ask travelers to have their documents ready to hand for quick processing.”

The heads of state and government of the G7 countries will meet at Schloss Elmau from 26 to 28 June. Several demonstrations with thousands of participants are expected in the area. The G7 includes Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, the USA, Canada and Japan.

There have been controls at the German-Austrian border since autumn 2015. In response to the arrival of numerous refugees, the decision was made to temporarily suspend the Schengen Agreement and reintroduce controls at the southern borders. Since then, this regulation has been repeatedly extended or rearranged.

Germany-wide border controls had already proved their worth at the 2015 G7 summit, said Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) on Saturday. The global political situation has worsened compared to that time. “We have to do everything we can to get rioters and chaotic people out of circulation from the start.”

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