Border checks to start with Germany

Tight security is being put in place ahead of the G20 meeting

Border checks are being reinstated between the Czech Republic and Germany and between Poland and Germany ahead of the July 7–8 meeting of the G20 in Hamburg. German police will start checks on the A4 highway from Poland and on the A17 highway from the Czech Republic. The checks near Dresden may begin this week. These are part of increased security at all land, sea and air entry points to Germany.

In the Czech Republic, the A17 connects to the D8 at the border. The D8 goes to Ústí nad Labem and Prague. Increased checks are also expected on trains from Prague to Dresden. The controls will remain in place until July 11.

The checks will be random and the German police do not want to give too many specific details, as this would weaken the security, but they say the police will be flexible and adapt to existing conditions.

Driving speed will be reduced to 40 km/hour so police can see the driver and passengers in cars. Traffic entering Germany will be reduced to one lane.

German federal police will strengthen the local Saxony police in the border region near Dresden. Saxon Interior Minister Markus Ulbig said he welcomed random checks at the border to identify potentially dangerous persons.

The added security measures were developed in coordination with Germany's neighboring countries and the European Commission, according to German press reports. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere called security at the G20 summit his “highest priority.”

Several world leaders are expected to attend the summit, including US President Donald Trump. Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and UK Prime Minister Theresa May are also among the G-20 leaders who may attend.

Protests are also expected during the G20 summit, and one goal of the security checks is to keep out violent protestors.

While Germany, the Czech Republic, and Poland are all members of the Schengen Zone, which allows passport-free travel between members states, inspections can be put in place for security reasons.

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