A growing number of EU states are looking to introduce border controls in response to the refugee crisis. But the economic fall-out is considerable. Problems include tailbacks at border crossings and delays of just-in-time deliveries.
After over two years, Berlin said it's still not ready to stop temporary passport controls at the Austrian border. The Interior Ministry cited fears of a terrorist attack and unbridled migration for the prolonged checks.
A Franco-German-led group of EU interior ministers discussing whether to extend border controls in the EU's Schengen zone said the bloc is not ready to lift them just yet. Eastern European countries had other ideas.
Rescue operations are "the obligation of all those who are at sea," says the EU's border control boss. In a DW interview, he describes the huge challenges the EU faces in a situation that means life or death every day.
People crossing into Denmark from Germany will now be greeted with the sight of armed soldiers. And a new European Union proposal means border controls could be extended.
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