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German border controls to stay 'several weeks': Bavarian minister
 Germany will maintain its new border controls to slow a record influx of refugees for at least "several weeks," the interior minister of southern Bavaria state said Monday.
 
Buckling under the pressure of taking in tens of thousands of asylum-seekers, Berlin reintroduced identity checks Sunday on people traveling within the passport-free Schengen zone, essentially reversing its open-doors policy to Syrians.
 
"It makes no sense, and it's not even in the interest of refugees, to allow such chaos, and at the same time this is about the security of Germany," said Bavaria's interior minister Joachim Herrmann.
 
The conservative minister said he was glad that his proposal for reintroduced border control was quickly met with a positive response, adding that it was likely to stay in place "for several weeks at least."
 
"We need to have more control because we have noticed in recent days that many of those on the road are not real refugees," he told public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.
 
"Word has spread in the last few days that you get lucky if you claim to be Syrian."
 
Herrmann also recalled that the Schengen agreement for passport-free travel also includes "an obligation to control the [European Union's] external borders all the more tightly."
 
"And that hasn't been the case at all for quite a while in some countries, such as Italy and Greece, and we cannot accept that."
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