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Seehofer on EU criticism of border controls: "That’s enough!"

The German interior minister calls for support from the EU Commission.

The German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer again sharply rejects criticism from Brussels of the border controls along the Czech and Austrian borders. “That’s enough! The EU Commission has made enough mistakes in procuring vaccines in the last few months,” said the CSU politician of the “Bild” newspaper (Saturday). “The EU Commission should support us and not throw clubs between our legs with cheap advice.”

In view of new entry restrictions from the Czech Republic and Tyrol, the EU Commission asked Germany to grant exceptions, for example for commuters. A spokesman for the authority reminded on Friday that the EU states had only recently agreed on joint recommendations for traveling in Corona times. Expect all countries to act accordingly. However, the new restrictions and border controls that will apply from Sunday do not provide for such exceptions.

As the German Interior Ministry announced on Friday evening, from Sunday onwards only Germans, foreigners with residence and right of residence in Germany, seasonal agricultural workers and health workers will be allowed to enter from the Czech Republic and large parts of the Austrian state of Tyrol.

Spouses, registered partners, underage children and parents of underage children are therefore also allowed to come, but only if they cross the border together with the German relative. Truck drivers and other transport personnel in freight transport are also exempt from the ban. In addition, entry for urgent humanitarian reasons – for example in the event of a death – should be allowed.

Tyrolean governor Günther Platter (ÖVP) was outraged that there should be no exceptions for commuters. This would make work impossible for thousands of Tyroleans who commute to work in Bavaria, he explained. People living in Germany who work in Tyrol would also have to go into quarantine on their return journey in Bavaria.

“This would mean that cross-border joint work and economic activity in the border regions would almost come to a standstill, which can also not be in Germany’s interest. We expect – as demanded by the European Commission – that Germany will create appropriate exceptions here”, explained Platter.

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