the German interior Minister, Horst Seehofer (CSU) has defended his decision to extend controls at the border to Austria again for a year and a half.

A waiver of these border controls was “migration and security reasons, currently not acceptable,” said the CSU politician of the “Bild am Sonntag”.

The Federal government had notified to the EU Commission in Brussels on Friday that the border controls for a further six months will be extended until November. In addition to Germany also Denmark, Sweden, France and Austria have informed the authorities in Brussels are an extension of your controls.

Actually, there is in the Schengen area of 26 European countries, no fixed border controls on persons. In the past few years, several States had used an exemption. Germany controlled at the border between Bavaria and Austria since the autumn of 2015, after tens of thousands of refugees and other migrants from Greece through the Balkan Route on to Western Europe.

In January and February of this year, according to “Bild am Sonntag”, the German-Austrian border already around 1000 rejections on the grounds of illegal entry. In addition, the investigators would have caught 82 smugglers. In the past year, the Federal police have checked on the border, a total of 1.98 million people. It had gone to her according to the Federal Ministry of the interior 12 of 522 people in the network had advertised the authorities for investigation.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.