Tension between Athens and Berlin over treatment over passenger checks

Posted by Christian J. Hadjipateras 22/11/2017 0 Comment(s) Economia Blog,

There is growing animosity between Greece and Germany following the decision by German authorities to increase security checks of passengers arriving in Germany from Greece, which shows little sign so far of abating despite the Greek government’s attempts to play down the issue.

The extra checks appear to have been a result of a terrorist suspect having boarded a flight from Germany to Greece and then slipping from under the radar. The Schengen Agreement allows free movement of passengers between EU countries.

According to the European Commission representative Natasha Berto, who was speaking to the Kathimerini, the two countries are working close to resolve their differences, while other European Commission sources said that good cooperation between the two countries is key to defuse the situation. 

Further meetings are expected to take place later today between the European Commission, Greece and Germany to discuss the checks and improve Greek-German cooperation.

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