Denmark points to Germany in border dispute

A Danish minister has pointed the finger at Germany, claiming the country already uses the same sort of extra border controls that have recently put Copenhagen under fire.

The comments came from Peter Christensen (Lib), Denmark’s tax minister, who responded to Germany’s criticism of Danish plans to install permanent checkpoints at its borders with Sweden and Germany by saying that Germany has been utilising similar checkpoints for years.

Christensen said in the interview with Der Nordschleswiger that he could not understand the criticism from other Schengen member states, given that there were eight others, including Germany, that have checkpoints just like those planned by Denmark.

He added that about 50 customs officials would be commissioned for border duty on the programme’s commencement date of 5th June, just after his country’s Constitution Day.

The move comes as part of the right-wing Danish People’s Party-backed 2020 plan; but since the announcement of increased border controls, EU officials and other member states have accused Denmark of attempting to sidestep the Schengen agreement, which has been in place for more than two decades.

Christensen said in the interview, “Denmark complies with the Schengen rules and we guarantee free mobility. 99 percent of motorists at the major border posts will be waved through,” the Copenhagen Post reports. He added, “At the border all they will have to do is slow down a bit.”

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