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Denmark to extend control over border with Germany

Denmark to extend control over border with Germany

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Danish government decided on Tuesday, February 2, to extend temporary control over the country's border with Germany by 20 days to February 23, Minister for Immigration, Integration and Housing Inger Stojberg told reporters in parliament, according to Reuters.

Stojberg said the government assessed there was still a possibility that large numbers of migrants might come to Denmark. Control over the Danish border with Germany was necessary because Sweden had also imposed border control, she said.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under increasing pressure to reduce the numbers of migrants reaching Germany and voters are increasingly doubtful that the state can tackle the refugee crisis, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Monday.

The comments by Schaeuble, a senior member in Merkel's cabinet and respected veteran in her centre-right bloc, show growing concern among ruling politicians only six weeks before regional elections in three federal states.

More than one million migrants streamed into Germany last year, and some regions have complained that they are being overwhelmed. Concerns about crime have also mounted after men of north African and Arab appearance assaulted women in Cologne.

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