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The Schengen town, where once the Schengen Agreement was born, has lowered the European Union flags at half-staff along with other towns along Luxembourg’s border with Germany, in a sign of protest against Germany’s decision to extend border controls until May 15.

The extension of border controls by Germany’s administration came as part of the country’s efforts to stop the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19),  as the country is the seventh most affected country worldwide, Germany-Visa.org reports.

The mayor of Schengen, Michel Golden, said that he “cannot understand” the decision of Germany to extend the measures,  as a large share of countries across Europe is attempting to lift the imposed restrictions amid Coronavirus.

“We haven’t thought about frontiers here for decades… the people who live here are suffering the most from the situation. We don’t just go to Germany to go shopping – we have friends and family there,” Mayor Gloden said.

As for Germany’s latest move, Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn has also reacted. He has written to the German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer urging him to lift the measure, which has caused public anger in a country with a large share of cross-border workers.

According to the Syvicol president, Emile Eischer flags have been flown at half -staff as a signal of hope for European unity.

About 48,000 German nationals work in Luxembourg, but amid the Coronavirus outbreak, many of them work from home.

The bridge in the Moselle is being checked every day by police officers. German police officers stop and check all drivers crossing the bridge.

“We check all vehicles, day and night, Only cross-border workers or those with a legitimate reason are allowed through,” a police officer pointed out.

Former Luxembourg secretary of state for foreign affairs and one of the signatories of the Schengen agreement, Robert Goebbels said that scientists and doctors defeat viruses, not police checks.

“This is clearly a symptom of the lack of European solidarity, but we should not overburden the EU, as it has no powers in health matters,” he added.

The fags will remain at half-mast during the next coming days until May 9, in Europe’s Day celebration by the European Union. The same symbolic action across the country as well as in settlement authorities in Germany, France, and Belgium is being discussed.

Amid Coronavirus, Germany has imposed temporary border controls with Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Denmark and Luxembourg that will be in place until May 15, in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

Germany’s frontier checks were supposed to expire on May 5, but the Minister of Interior Horst Seehofer foresaw it necessary to extend them due to the fragile situation of the spread of the virus.

The Federal Government of Germany undertook several measures in order to halt the increase of the number of infections, including measures related to border controls and travel measures.