Germany to extend border checks until Feb: ministry

AFP , Friday 13 Nov 2015

Germany has decided to extend temporary border controls until mid-February, its interior ministry said Friday, as Europe's top economy faces a record migrant influx.

"Given there has been no significant change (in the flow of migrants), the border checks will be extended for three months," the ministry told AFP.

Berlin, which expects as many as one million people fleeing war and poverty to arrive this year, began to implement temporary controls on September 13.

However, with the crisis showing no sign of letting up, Germany told the European Commission it would keep them in place until October 31 as "the situation at the border is such that we cannot do without them".

Several overwhelmed European countries have reinstituted border controls -- putting at risk the EU's cherished passport-free Schengen area.

At an EU-Africa summit in Malta on Thursday, EU President Donald Tusk warned the bloc faced a "race against time" to save the Schengen system, seen as a cornerstone of European integration.

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