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German Leaders Want to Keep Border Controls in Place

Politicians say they want to draw lessons from last week's attack on a Berlin Christmas market

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    The suspect in the Berlin truck rampage was killed in an early-hour shootout after a chance encounter with police on the outskirts of Milan today, bringing the continent-wide manhunt for the suspect to an end. Claudio Lavanga reports from Rome. (Published Friday, Dec. 23, 2016)

    Senior German politicians say they want to keep border controls imposed amid last year's migrant influx in place beyond mid-February, when they're currently due to expire. 

    With a national election expected in September and German leaders seeking to draw lessons from last week's attack on a Berlin Christmas market, there's little appetite for dropping border checks.

    Stephan Mayer, a home affairs spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Union bloc, told Deutschlandfunk radio Tuesday: "As long as the danger and threat in Germany is as high as at present, we cannot help but keep the internal border controls." 

    Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper that he intends to keep the border controls "well beyond February." That would require approval from the European Union's executive Commission.

    Berlin Truck Attack Caught on Dashcam Footage

    [NATL] Berlin Truck Attack Caught on Dashcam Footage
    The attack that killed 12 people was caught on dramatic dashcam footage showing the moment a truck plowed into an outdoor Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, on Dec. 19, 2016.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016)