German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas met with his Luxembourgish counterpart Jean Asselborn at the Moselle Bridge border crossing near Perl on Saturday, as the countries reopened their borders for the first time since the lockdown was imposed on March 20 to stop the spread of coronavirus.
«We know that Europe needs Schengen, and Schengen needs Europe.» said Asselborn while speaking to the media at... Еще the Moselle Bridge.
«But we know that when we say that we are European, that means that we also have a duty, for the upcoming generations when we, our generation, make everything that is possible to ensure that this union remains a union and that Schengen remains the Schengen,» he added.
Meanwhile, Maas called for patience as the easing of lockdown measures will have to be revised «on a week by week basis» while observing the developments in each country. Maas also emphasised the importance of the free travel within the EU.
The Luxembourg-German border opening came a few after German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced Germany will be easing border controls with France, Switzerland and Austria, and hopes to revise non-European travel restrictions by mid-June.