Germany Begins Border Controls in Lead up to G20 Summit

Police cars from Germany (L) and the Netherlands stand in front of the venue of a meeting of ministers from Belgium, the Netherlands and several German Federal States on measures against cross-border crime at the city hall of Aachen, western Germany, on October 31, 2016.
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BERLIN (AP) — Germany is imposing border controls ahead of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg next month.

The Interior Ministry says the checks that started Monday will be conducted in a “flexible” manner along Germany’s land, air and sea borders.

Under the rules of Europe’s passport-free travel zone, known as Schengen and of which Germany is a member, border controls can be conducted if security concerns warrant it.

The ministry said in a statement that the measures are designed to prevent people planning violence from entering the country.

Protests are expected for the July 7-8 summit in Hamburg that will see Donald Trump’s first visit to Germany as U.S. president. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are also among the G-20 leaders.

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