Germany, France, Austria say internal EU border checks still needed

From Reuters - October 13, 2017

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Unions free-travel zone still needs the temporary border controls set up by some countries in recent years, ministers from Germany, France and Austria said on Friday, citing the continued terrorist threat.

Countries in the EUs Schengen zone started re-introducing border controls in 2015 during a huge influx of refugees and migrants and after a series of attacks by Islamist militants.

Measures imposed by Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Norway expire in November and Berlin said on Thursday it would extend them for another six months due to serious threat to public policy or internal security.

Arriving to an EU interior ministers meeting on Friday, Germanys Thomas de Maiziere said Berlin was still committed to freedom of movement, but at the moment we cannot do without checks.

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


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