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Germany extends passport controls amid attack fears

Thursday 12/October/2017 - 11:51 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Mohsin
Germany has extended temporary passport controls on its border with Austria and for flights coming from Greece for six more months amid continuing concerns about attacks and illegal immigration، the Interior Ministry said on Thursday، according to PressTV.

The European Commission last month offered initial backing to a Franco-German proposal to allow more permanent border checks within the bloc's Schengen free-travel zone.

Germany notified the European Commission، the Council of the European Union، the President of the European Parliament and the interior ministers of the EU-Schengen states about its decision in a letter on Wednesday.

The commission allowed Germany to control its border with Austria in 2015 after a surge of refugees and migrants began arriving in western Europe.

The temporary permission was due to expire on Nov. 11.

Immigration will be a key issue in coalition talks by Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives، the pro-business Free Democrats and the environmentalist Greens.

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere justified Germany's move given continued security concerns، and said a complete return to free travel within the Schengen area was contingent on an improvement in the overall situation.

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