Germany reinstates border controls to slow refugee influx

A policeman checks a Syrian migrant on September 13, 2015, in Freilassing on the border between Germany and AustriaGermany reintroduced border controls on Sunday after admitting it could no longer cope with a record influx of migrants, tightening the screws ahead of a key EU meeting on spreading the burden of the refugee crisis across the bloc. Within hours of Berlin’s shock announcement German officers began carrying out the first passport checks near the border with Austria. The extraordinary scenes came on the eve of emergency talks in Brussels, where interior ministers are expected to lock horns over the European Commission’s controversial plan to distribute 160,000 refugees around the continent.

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