Germany lashes Denmark move to reopen border controls
The German government Thursday reiterated its opposition to plans by neighbouring Denmark to reopen customs controls on its borders, saying they violated the Schengen travel-free area.
"Denmark is aware of our criticism on their plan," said German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich while attending talks with European Union counterparts.
"We do not want to initiate a conflict with Denmark, but we will ask clear questions," he said. "We cannot accept that Schengen be undermined."
Denmark, where the populist far-right is an increasingly significant force, suddenly announced last month it would re-establish controls on its borders with Germany and Sweden, stopping travellers in the case of suspicion of cross-border criminal activity such as drug-trafficking.
The plan caused outrage as the country is a signatory to the 26-nation Schengen border-free area, with the European Commission, guardian of EU treaties, raising the spectre of litigation.
© 2011 AFP