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German Authorities Conduct Extensive Border Checks During Euro 2024

German Authorities Conduct Extensive Border Checks During Euro 2024

Berlin, June 29, 2024, The Europe Today: German authorities have conducted approximately 830,000 border checks from the beginning of Euro 2024 until June 7, according to police reports. German police chief Dieter Romann revealed that 603 individuals were arrested for various offenses, including failure to make maintenance payments and homicide.

Approximately 85 individuals were stopped at border checks for crimes related to international terrorism and extremism. Additionally, 86 people were turned back at the border for hooliganism. Of 4,659 unauthorized entry attempts, 3,261 were denied entry.

Romann noted, “Every day, 22,000 law enforcement officers from the Federal Police are deployed solely in connection with football.”

The temporary border checks, part of heightened security measures for the European Championship, will remain in place until July 19. Interior Minister Nancy Faeser emphasized that the focus ranges from threats of Islamist terrorism to hooliganism and cyberattacks.

Euro 2024, which began on June 14, will conclude with the final match on July 14. Additionally, existing checkpoints at Germany’s borders with Poland, the Czech Republic, and Switzerland were extended by six months from the end of May.