Germany to restore EU border controls for Cup

24th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 April 2006, BERLIN - Germany plans to restore border controls with European Union countries belonging to Schengen bloc during the football World Cup this summer, Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Monday.

24 April 2006

BERLIN - Germany plans to restore border controls with European Union countries belonging to Schengen bloc during the football World Cup this summer, Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Monday.

"Even if there are currently no signs of possible threats to the World Cup, we want to do everything humanly possible to protect the games," said Schaeuble in a statement.

Schaeuble said his main concerns were keeping out hooligans, terrorists and organised crime.

A total of 15 countries have joined and implemented the Schengen agreement including non-EU members Norway and Iceland. People arriving directly from one Schengen country to another are normally not subject to passport controls.

Germany hosts the World Cup from June 9 to July 9 during which 32 national teams are due to play 64 matches in 12 cities. The opening game is in Munich and the closing match will be played in Berlin.

DPA

Subject: German news

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