Baerbock and Asselborn do not expect any border closings because of Omikron

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BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and her Luxembourg counterpart Jean Asselborn do not expect any new border closings in the European Union (EU) despite the current wave of corona. In Germany they are working flat out “to bring the current situation under control so that we not only have a peaceful and healthy Christmas, but also all of us as Europeans can celebrate this Christmas, sometimes with families and friends, across borders “, said Baerbock on Wednesday after a meeting with Asselborn in Berlin.

In the pandemic you saw that you could get better in the health sector and infrastructure, said the Green politician. Corona has also shown how important it is for citizens “that we create the basis for ensuring their lives as Europeans even in times of crisis”. In this context, Baerbock mentioned documents that would be recognized in all countries, such as a common vaccination certificate, “which makes it clear that we are a common Europe”.

Asselborn said that he will never forget pictures like on March 18, 2020, when Germany closed its EU internal borders due to Corona. At the same time he emphasized: “We have learned this lesson.” 30 percent of Europe’s citizens lived in border areas. Asselborn called on people in Europe to be vaccinated against Corona a third time. This should then be “and remain a free ticket that you can travel to Europe.” That, I believe, must be the goal. If we don’t do that, then we’ll also take away the motivation of those who don’t want to be vaccinated. “/ Bk / DP / nas


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