Germany extended passport controls on its border with Austria

Vastavam web: 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.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.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.
Germany was hit by five Islamist attacks in 2016, including one in December on a Berlin Christmas market that killed 12 people.Border controls also apply to flights to Germany from Greece, which was the gateway for thousands of migrants from Iraq and Syria.