Germany has informed the EU of increased controls on the eastern border

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Germany has informed the EU of increased controls on the eastern border

Germany notified the executive branch of the European Union on Monday of temporary border controls on its borders with Poland, the Czech Republic and Switzerland, continuing a step to strengthen security on its eastern borders.

The announcement will allow Germany to carry out the same systematic controls it has carried out on the border with Austria since 2015.

Last week, the government responded to intense pressure to address the influx of migrants after a pair of state elections that produced poor results for the ruling parties and delivered far-reaching victories. right-wing Alternative for Germany party.

The government announced a bill a few days ago to speed up the deportation of rejected asylum seekers, after Chancellor OIaf Scholz met on Friday with the opposition leader and two senior state governors for what he called ” friendly and “helpful” on immigration issues.

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Interior Minister Nancy Faeser last month ordered to strengthen controls on Germany’s eastern borders with Poland and the Czech Republic, but the conservative opposition urged her to formally announce border controls, a step he has already taken.

Faeser said in a statement that “the smuggling business has become more brutal and unscrupulous,” pointing to an accident on a highway in Bavaria on Friday in which seven people died when a van -overload of migrants upset as soon as it arrived. the driver and the alleged trafficker sped off to avoid the police investigation.

“Now it is necessary to take all possible measures to stop this cruel business of people’s lives,” the official said. “Now, we need an effective limit on irregular migration to relieve our municipalities.”

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Faeser said the police “can now use the full package of fixed and mobile border policing measures, in accordance with the current situation.”

Migrant and refugee shelters across Germany have been overwhelmed in recent months as a large number of asylum seekers have joined the more than 1 million Ukrainians who have arrived since the start of the war