Germany wants tougher checks on Swiss border
Germany’s interior minister has told Der Spiegel magazine that he is planning to submit a concept for enhanced covert checks and brief searches of travellers along Germany’s border with Switzerland.
Horst Seehofer’s remarks followed Monday’s death at Frankfurt’s main railway station, where a Swiss-resident Eritrean migrant undergoing psychiatric treatment allegedly shoved a boy and his mother before a moving train. The mother was able to roll to safety, but the boy was killed.
The boy’s death was seized upon by Germany’s far right to once more criticize what it regards as flawed migration and security policies under Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government since Europe’s 2015 refugee crisis.
Seehofer told Der Spiegel that Germany had registered 43,000 unlawful arrivals in 2018. Switzerland — like Germany — belongs to Europe’s borderless Schengen Area.
Thomas Ströbl, the interior minister of Baden-Württemberg, the German state with the longest border with Switzerland, said he agreed with Seehofer.