German police move controls away from the Luxembourg border

German police will move border controls from the main border crossings into Luxembourg from Thursday morning, following complaints from Interior Minister Léon Gloden.

Cross-border workers traveling to and from Luxembourg have complained about delays over the past week as Germany decided to increase security at its borders with all nine neighboring countries.

It comes as Germany hosts the month-long Euro 2024 football tournament, which started on Friday and will see thousands of fans flock to the country.

Changes will be made to controls at the Luxembourg border from Thursday morning, German police said on Wednesday, following talks between Gloden and his German counterpart Nancy Faeser.

Under the changes, checkpoints will be set up several kilometers behind the German side of the border rather than on main routes such as bridges and highways.

In Trier, the checks that were previously carried out on the motorway will be moved behind the exits of the German border city.

“This should allow traffic to flow more smoothly again,” said Stefan Döhn, spokesperson for the Trier Federal Police Inspectorate.

Gloden had criticized the initial checks last week, saying they were not implemented as agreed with Luxembourg, and had instead called for “a moderate implementation of border controls” between the two countries.

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Checks previously carried out on bridges and at the Markusberg car park near Trier will instead be moved to the Dicke Buche car park near Trier-Ehrang.

To improve traffic flow, two lanes are now available for motorists in the construction area of ​​the Sauertalbrücke bridge on the A1/A64 motorway.

At smaller border crossings, at Echternach, Wasserbillig and Grevenmacher, checks are only carried out on an hourly basis, Trier police said.

The additional checks have been a success so far, according to Döhn. “The officers were able to prevent many unauthorized entries and identify people for whom arrest warrants had been issued,” he said.

Across Germany, 900 unauthorized entries were discovered and 200 arrest warrants executed in the first week.

(This article was originally published by the Luxembourger WorT. Translation and editing by Tracy Heindrichs)

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