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Denmark resumes Sweden border controls

AFP/The Local · 12 May 2011, 08:18

Published: 12 May 2011 08:18 GMT+02:00

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"We asked for a clarification, explanations from Danish authorities regarding this decision," commission spokesperson Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen told AFP.

The EU's executive arm, she said "will not accept any challenge to the principle of freedom of movement of goods and people in the European Union".

Denmark vowed to follow rules under Europe's passport-free Schengen travel area when it sends customs officers permanently at borders to conduct random checks on vehicles.

The new controls will enter into force within two to three weeks, Finance Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen said following an agreement between the government and the far-right.

The Danish decision came a day before EU interior ministers hold a special meeting in Brussels to discuss the possibility of temporarily restoring border controls within the EU amid fears of a wave of north African migrants.

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The European Commission proposed last week to introduce a mechanism that would allow states to temporarily reinstate checkpoints during sudden surges in migration or if an EU country fails to control its frontier with non-EU nations.

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08:00 May 12, 2011 by Zhorka
That's a smart move by Danes. They do not need a spill over of Swedish crime into the enchanting land of Hans Christian Andersen. Finland should do the same. Norway can wait for a moment. Norwegians are tough enough folks to apprehend any Swedish hooligan.
08:13 May 12, 2011 by wenddiver
"We asked for a clarification, explanations from Danish authorities regarding this decisions," commission spokesperson Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen told AFP.

Explanation- Danes aren't idiots, F@#$ Tard. Anything else Brussels needs Denmark to teach them.?
08:29 May 12, 2011 by Infart
Very good move by Denmark. Hopefully, they don't give in to the EU bullsh@t that is definitely going to come their way.
08:39 May 12, 2011 by Rick Methven
First three posts ( by Zhorka, wenddiver and infart/Tacos etc) on this move by Denmark to break EU rules on free passage of travel of goods and services made by US based posters who are yet again trying to tell us Europeans what we should be doing.

A message for you idiots Bug out and sort out your own problems
08:42 May 12, 2011 by Birbun
Good for the Danes!

No surprise once the little Denmark ruled over the big Sweden and Norway.

The Danes have the guts!
08:53 May 12, 2011 by gorgepir
I wish we could give the entire Skåne to the Danes, and then all European countries treat Denmark as a non-EU member. That would probably help solve a lot of problems. They can put up visa checks and see how many people will go there, and all other EU countries can decide whether or not to give Danes visas.

You cant expect others to respect your right of free movement in EU when you don't respect others now can you?
09:13 May 12, 2011 by peno
I wonder if the border controls extend to the trains as well. #witchunt
09:13 May 12, 2011 by Infart
@Rick Meth- Someone who has no contact with or concept of any of the problems going on in Skåne professing to others who should be allowed to comment and who shouldn't. Priceless. And for the record, Rick. I'm back in Sweden after a short hiatus. Gbg to be exact. IP addresses are unreliable. Get a clue.
09:16 May 12, 2011 by karex
No one said anything about restricting free movement. They will conduct random checks as stated in the article. Hopefully they might catch some illegal immigrants and ship them back. Illegal is just that - against the law. The rest of us folks have nothing to worry about.
09:32 May 12, 2011 by Nemesis
The checks are not full border controls.

They are stepping up randomised checks at the öresund bridge and Helsingborg-Helsingor ferries.

It is more to do with the sheer amount of drug traffic, weapons tafficking between gangs and non-EU immigrants to Sweden working illegally in Sweden, without paying tax. The sheer cost in loss of tax revenue will justify stepping up the searches alone, let alone the drug and violent crime activity.
09:46 May 12, 2011 by rise
@ Birbun

You're thinking of the Kalmar union, for like several hundreds of years ago? Well, once Sweden ruled over Finland, the Baltic countries and northern Germany... Get over it.

And not once Sweden has started a war with Denmark. Not once. But still Denmark has lost territory (Blekinge, Halland and Skåne) to Sweden when defending against that little aggressor. And since Norway was ruled by the Danish king, Norway also has lost territory, Jämtland and Härjedalen, to Sweden. Denmark can sue itself. Not fair for Norway though.
09:54 May 12, 2011 by jostein

In practice, charles x of sweden started a war against denmark 1658 with the intent of assimilating denmark into sweden.
09:59 May 12, 2011 by StuartM
Schengen, and in fact the entire EU, should be scrapped so that countries can once again take responsibility for their own borders. Smuggled drugs and cheap alcohol have caused untold suffering and bring in massive profits for gangsters and organised criminals. At the moment countries like Sweden are left pretty much powerless to do anything at all for fear of ending up before some EU court and being fined large amounts of money.
10:06 May 12, 2011 by ruimove
Can't wait for summer with all the german and dutch tourists crossing to sweden being stopped or delayed at the danish border :)

Again another populist nationalist move, the Uk, (Island) with borders and see how difficult is to stop people, drugs , guns.
10:26 May 12, 2011 by eppie

Haha indeed. I always have to laugh when seeing the security checks at US airports.....what do they think? That people want to smuggle guns and drugs INTO the US?
10:34 May 12, 2011 by flintis
Good for the Danes, the Swedes should do a similar control, that is after they have built the fence around Malmö.
10:48 May 12, 2011 by Cze
A little, expensive, highly taxed, xenophobic country? Anyone interested to go there?
10:54 May 12, 2011 by AbangBeruang
Dont know what to say! Seems we are all going backwards from our the concept of free world. I lived in Denmark for 6 years, a beautiful country with beautiful people to live in, but the politicians in Denmark are one of the ugliest ever in their businesses..
11:31 May 12, 2011 by diegoveggie
what are they afraid of? smuggling cinnamon buns? who cares about denmark anyways?
11:38 May 12, 2011 by ruimove

if you want to smuggle drugs and guns you always have ways of doing it, are they going to check all the lorries and boats touching danish soil?think they going to check your skin color, wait and see, if you are French with a tan watch out with the mighty Danes, this will backlash on them big time around summer.
12:11 May 12, 2011 by johnny1939
I love the Danes! I hope they are stead fast in their decision to guard their borders. Anything that erodes the tyranny of the EU is good news to me. EU is the worst thing that ever happened to the Scandinavian countries w/ the exception of the occupation of Norway and Denmark by the Germans.
12:14 May 12, 2011 by TheOriginalBlackMan
13:03 May 12, 2011 by Swedesmith
Oh OBM, don't be so hard on yourself.
14:17 May 12, 2011 by darky
@Cze, well said about the high cost of living and tax in Denmark but for the xenophobia, I totally disagree with you. The Danes are more hospitable than the swedes. The real xenophobia I experienced is in Sweden cos it stinks. Denmark has very complicated and funny law makers that change the laws overnight. When this was proposed, the police denied it but they insisted.

14:20 May 12, 2011 by Syftfel
At least the Danes have some sanity left. Sweden appears to be mentally deranged. Remember, the Schengen agreement means that - citizens of EU countries - should have freedom of movement. It does NOT mean that a Libyan crossing from Denmark to Sweden should not be subject to border inspection. Hence when a Spaniard crosses from Austria to Germany, he can do so with relative ease. When a Lebanese crosses from Belgium to France he shoud be subject to all the customary inspections. Purpose of temporary visit. Means of support during temporary visit. Proof of return ticket after temporary visit. Verification of various law enforcement data bases such as Interpol, IBIS, OFAC, NCIC, all No-fly lists, and various other local data bases. The overriding objective should be to keep undisireables OUT! It ssems therefore that Sweden could learn from its Danish brethren. Hopefully Reinfledt too will see the necessity of guarding the Öresundsbron. If not, we will see Denmark dumping even more of its deportees and criminals in Malmö. The Nordic countries must not allow the useless bureaucrats in Brussles to dictate Nordic border policies.
14:27 May 12, 2011 by ruimove
how about non EU tourists? will be nice to have the danes asking for papers and ID's to some wealthy chinese couple crossing to sweden during summer just because they look "different"?
15:32 May 12, 2011 by henrycg
What a fence to be on, borders are getting to be a tough issue all over the world.
16:25 May 12, 2011 by jeffi_in_denmark
The Swedes have had customs agents aka "border controls" in almost the exact same system on trains over the bridge from Denmark to Sweden. There are customs agents on ferries. There is nothing new in what Denmark is about to do: put their own customs agents at border crossings to ensure the flow of drugs and illegal activites is hopefully curbed. People need to chill a bit and politicians need to learn how to speak in public better.
17:36 May 12, 2011 by RobinHood
Yesterday I posted the Swedes should rip up the E6 and sever railway connections with Malmö. I guess the Danes had the same idea for the same reason.

How does it feel Malmö?
17:41 May 12, 2011 by calebian22
"...following an agreement between the government and the far-right."

2014 can not come soon enough, so that Sweden's far right will be large enough to not be ignored. I can't wait for the Alliance government and the Red Greens to speak out against the Danes. More votes for SD. Yippity, skippity!
18:18 May 12, 2011 by expatjourno
There are a lot of societies with much higher rates of crime than Sweden. Import their people, import their problems. It's really that simple.

What's the biggest ethnic minority in Sweden? Norwegians. And when was the last time you heard of a Norwegian being arrested? Go to Norway and see why: It's another prosperous, law-abiding country.

This has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with cultural values instilled in people right out of the cradle and reinforced throughout their lives from dagis right on through the entire school system.

The idiots around here who whine about racism every time someone complains about immigrants are in essence arguing that it makes no difference at all how you raise children. That the dagis system has no effect.

Of course, they are the very same people who grip about how boring and conformist Swedes are. Because that doesn't count as racism.
19:20 May 12, 2011 by Iraniboy

I agree with your argument about the effect of early environment where people live on their behavior. However despite what you said, a lot of posters here are actually racists and Xenophobe based on Swedish standards. They come from a country with high level crime and discrimination like US and they want to implement it here too. Nobody can argue that change of immigration policies is racism. It is this hostile and bigoted behavior of guests (US/UK/EU immigrants in Sweden) against other guests(other immigrants) is appalling and Xenophobic.
19:52 May 12, 2011 by planet.sweden
I fully support the Danes in this. Besides Italy's total failure to curb the influx of migrants from North Africa, both Germany and Sweden have been negligent in policing their own borders, so I can fully understand the Dane's decision.

The EU Commisioners as ever are looking to justify their exhorbitant tax funding salaries and expenses scams. Someone please send them packing, or better still, send the US Navy Seals in to give them each one between the eyes. Bingo, freedom from tyranny!
20:00 May 12, 2011 by star10
Denmark is the most racist country in Europe. Their economic livelihood depends on other European countries to a great extent as it is such a small nation. But they are too blinded with their stupid sense of nationality to have a rational view about immigration. No immigrant would prefer Denmark to any other European countries.
20:09 May 12, 2011 by Tanskalainen
@star10 Then please explain why the overwhelming number of rapes in Denmark are carried out by immigrants against Danish women and girls? Would you please explain why the Danish imans have said that "an uncovered woman is a target for rape"? Do you even bother to think before you say things or do you think rape is fun?
20:48 May 12, 2011 by Abbot

Of course immigrants prefer Denmark for its generous social benefits. Immigrants just love those benefits. Notice they don't come here to Estonia. We don't have such benefits, so any immigrant actually has to WORK to support themselves. That fact keeps them away.
21:02 May 12, 2011 by underskyofsweden
Not a surprise from Danish government! Go on...Control all of your borders not only borders in common with Sweden! Totally agree with star10!
21:37 May 12, 2011 by expatjourno
@Abbot is right: It's no accident that refugees are bypassing a dozen countries with less generous social benefits to come to countries that have the world's most generous social benefits, paid fo by people like me who pay the highest taxes in the world.

F*** that noise.
21:48 May 12, 2011 by Infart
Funny how TL's asylum seeker/refugee crowd thinks Denmark is "racist" because they want to institute some border controls. So it's "racist" to not want the crime from Malmö to spill over into their own country. LOL!! Recently their govt. did a study and found out that asylum seekers/refugees are costing the country about 16 billion DKK per year on welfare.
21:59 May 12, 2011 by Iraniboy

As a contribution to your infamous record of TL's asylum seekers/refugees, you can exclude me and Rick!!! By making up such justification, you can't prove your point. I personally don't mind what is beneficial to me. As much as 'expat' first comment stands but it doesn't give any right to ANY OF US who pay tax and are not refugees to complain about Swede's generosity!! This is a one of all other swede's dominant culture of generosity. We can't enforce them what they should believe!!
23:22 May 12, 2011 by johnny1939
even though Swedes are not popular in Denmark(for a good reason) I still love that country!! I have had so much fun there and the food is great!
00:29 May 13, 2011 by andrewsrocks
It is hard to believe that a person running away from a Theocracy is not a refugee. Unfortunately, this initiative by the Danes is going to be enforced only to brown/black skinned people, disgustingly bearded guys and head_covered girls. Its up to the Inspector's perception to decide who looks white enough to avoid being stopped at the border. Also, why that much animosity towards US immigrants? is it because they are the biggest economy in the world?
05:54 May 13, 2011 by StuartM
@ SwediePie

The statistics in Oslo which you quote did not apply to all rapes, rather stranger rapes carried out in public (överfallsvåldtäkter) within a limited time period. As you should know 90% or more of rapes are carried out by friends, partners or acquaintances and I would suggest when it comes to the latter native Scandinavian men would be present to a much larger degree in the statistics. Noone can deny that different cultures have different attitudes to gender and sexuality and that some appear to condone violence towards women more than others but to suggest that sexual violence and misogyny only exist among non-western or non-Scandinavian cultures is absurd. Cases such as the Bjästafallet show just how far Sweden and other western countries still have to go in building a culture which respects women and takes rape and male violence seriously.
05:54 May 13, 2011 by ericrufinosiah
The Government of Denmark,though an EU member is having border control

with Sweden and Germany,the move is right and appropriate as one should be aware of the enormous refugees given Documents to travel by Italy.
08:32 May 13, 2011 by Iraniboy

That's your prejudice. You think whoever disagree with you should be asylum seeker or refugee which! Now you failed for that and you claim about Islamic background! Maybe for me but obviously not for Rick.

It's ridicolous to claim that comments of some posters on internet wesbites are representatives of Swedish people but their high class democracy and voting system is not!!! This is just a ridicolous claim. In a full functioning democracy, their politiicans say what their poeple like to hear! If you care to speak with a lot of Swedes about this matter you will recongsie their 'generousity culture'. It was strange for me too in the begining I came to Sweden becauase we in Iran have the same prinicple as you have in the US. The princicple of getting along with those who have the most and the best contribution to our cause but most Swedes don't see it that way. They like to see helping and contributing to those who can have the least contribution to them and it makes them feel good and morally satisfied. This a different mindset. As long as you fail to recongnise this difference you will suffer in Sweden!
13:08 May 13, 2011 by ruimove
calm down all, the EU already told them to "don't be silly dane" yesterday, now it's only merchandise control, the danes can't have both free trade and closed borders inside the EU, if they want they can leave the union and be like Norway but without OIL.
17:18 May 13, 2011 by Avidror
I support the Danish initiative. Yes, crossing the border without being checked and/or questioned is more comfortable, but that also applies to criminals who smuggle persons, weapons and drugs.
17:34 May 13, 2011 by technoviking
@ Iraniboy

If you think everyone who didn't vote for SD is perfectly happy with the immigration situation and enjoys the rising crime rates, abhorrent value systems and economic costs that come with it, you are delusional.

You certainly aren't privy to the conversations of Swedes about immigrants behind closed doors, because you are one of the people they are talking about.

Yes, they are polite to your face. That's Swedes. That doesn't mean they all want you here. In reality, these days I'd say most don't.

Just because they don't vote solely on the issue doesn't mean they get "satisfaction" from supporting the likes of you.
17:50 May 13, 2011 by here for the summer
Do you think this has anything to do with the foiled plot to massacre staff at a Danish newspaper where a suspect from Sweden who has been repatriated to Sweden by the Swedish government 3 times from terror charges in other countries.
18:11 May 13, 2011 by jomamas
The Danes have every legal and rational right to do what they are doing.

Simple checks are not an infringement of any law or basic human right.

Swedish communists will have no comprehension of that, however.
18:51 May 13, 2011 by nickknock
Go Denmark. There only doing what the FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR FAR Majority of Europeans want to do, Control Immigration!
22:58 May 13, 2011 by Avidror
@ nickknock

This is not only about inmigration control.
01:18 May 14, 2011 by odinmp5
Danes rule... literally!! i wonder why people can be so naive in this forum.you might not know ,but , when you control borders you choke all kinds of ilegal structures, drug trade, terrorism, slave labour, weapons,e.t.c and crooks think twice about bigger border crossing endeavors,avoiding the powerful major transnational crime. (which i hope you never have to suffer)

if i am ever stoppred by the dansih police, ill gladly cooperate wiht them as a tourist or student, holding proper documents. it has happened to me before and i had no problem at all.
22:49 May 15, 2011 by FourSaabs
Good for the Danes.

Could we send some to the Us to monitor the border with Mexico?
05:32 May 16, 2011 by Marc the Texan
Denmark always has its act together compared with Sweden and Germany.
12:53 May 19, 2011 by rafa1981
@Iranyboy, I think that technoviking is right.

When you are speaking with them say that you are against current immigration policies and to spend in people that doesn't show that they deserve it and you will see some people taking off their multicultural masks.

The people that I know that they are more naive regarding the broken current immigration policies they do live in good houses apart from contact with immigrants, normally small towns, not big cities.
16:22 July 2, 2011 by jember13
@diegoveggie - if you're going to be culturally ignorant, at least be accurate.
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