Germany and neighbors agree to gradually remove border restrictions


German chancellor Angela Merkel and the central European leaders on Tuesday agreed on gradually reopening border crossings and lifting controls as soon as the coronavirusĀ pandemic allows.

The announcement came after Merkel and the Prime Ministers of the Visegrad nations ā€” Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia ā€” spoke today, according to a statement by the German Chancellor’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert.

The leaders ”had an intensive exchange of views on the respectiveĀ measures for further containment of the Covid-19 pandemic’,” the statement said, adding that ”they agreed it was in their interest to gradually remove existing border restrictions and controls as soon as theĀ pandemicĀ situation allows.”

In a subsequent bilateral meeting between Merkel and Czech Republic Prime Minister Andrej BabiÅ”, the two leaders confirmed they want to reduce restrictions on people and businesses in borderĀ regions as soon as infection rates allow. The two countries share a 817-kilometer (or 506-mile) border


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