The pressure continues to mount on conservative Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) not to extend the closure of Germany’s borders, which is set to expire on 15 May. While the European Commission will present guidelines to lift the border controls currently in place today (13 May), Seehofer is reluctant to do so.
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While Seehofer’s ministry said it understands the hardships this puts on many border communities, they “have to be very careful” about reopening, a ministry spokeswoman told reporters, adding that levels of infection on both sides of the border will be considered when agreeing to lift controls at the border.
However, while Seehofer was also reluctant to discuss an end to quarantine requirements, his ministry had not yet released a formal plan but could do so today.