Disagreements between Berlin and the EU over restrictions imposed by Germany on borders


Angela Merkel’s government vehemently rejected on Saturday the European Union’s criticism of imposing strict restrictions on Germany’s borders due to the pandemic.

“That’s enough! In recent months, the European Commission has made enough mistakes in the supply of vaccines. The European Commission must support us, not obstruct us with cheap recommendations,” German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told Bild and website of Tagesschau.de.

The European Commission on Friday called on Germany to reconsider the strict restrictions imposed on the border in the context of the pandemic, recalling that European Union countries have agreed to avoid closing borders.

The German government has announced travel restrictions for people coming from the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Austrian region of Tyrol in the context of the emergence of new variants of coronavirus.

But the European Commission reminds Germany that EU member states have decided to avoid closing borders in the future.

In this context, a spokesman for the European Commission said it expects all countries, including Germany, to apply mutually agreed travel measures. Closure of borders and general travel bans must be avoided, the spokesman said, urging Germany to reconsider measures and apply exceptions, primarily for people crossing borders for business on a daily basis.

According to official figures, about 45,000 people in the Czech Republic and Austria work in Germany and are affected by the new restrictions.

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