To protect the upcoming G7 summit at Schloss Elmau near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany is temporarily reinstating border controls at the internal borders of the Schengen area. The Federal Ministry of the Interior announced this on Saturday with reference to increased security requirements.
Border controls would be carried out between June 13 and July 3 depending on the situation. They would be arranged flexibly in terms of time and location. The controls are primarily intended to prevent the arrival of violent criminals from abroad.
The heads of state and government of the G7 countries will meet at Schloss Elmau from 26 to 28 June. Several demonstrations with thousands of participants are expected in the area.
Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) welcomed the temporary establishment of border controls. “This decision was absolutely necessary,” said Herrmann of the German Press Agency. The Germany-wide internal border controls had already proven their worth at the G7 summit in 2015. “Compared to back then, the global political situation has worsened again. We have to do everything we can to get rioters and chaotic people out of circulation from the start,” he said.