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Top EU Court Prohibits Passport Checks on Cross-Border Buses Entering Germany

Top EU Court Prohibits Passport Checks on Cross-Border Buses Entering Germany

Germany’s right-wing AfD party: EU court has “no interest in controlling immigration.”

The top EU court has prohibited bus companies from checking passenger passports on cross-border buses, making it difficult for German police to identify illegal immigrants entering the country, say local media.

The ruling by the European Court of Justice could prevent the German police from stopping thousands of illegal border crossings and embolden the migrant traffickers. Last year, the police caught around 14,000 illegal immigrants trying to enter the country by bus and train.

“Germany’s federal police reportedly caught thousands of migrants trying to enter the country illegally on buses or trains in 2018,” German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported. “European Court of Justice ruled that Germany’s membership of the Schengen area prohibits bus companies from checking passenger identity papers.” The existing German regulation required the bus carriers to check passports and residence permits of their passengers before crossing the border.

Germany’s right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party accused the EU court of siding with the migrant traffickers. “The ruling by the European Court of Justice will make the task of the officers impossible. Apparently, there is no interest in controlling immigration,” the AfD party said in its statement. “It is an absurdity to thwart the police work just because some bus companies are committed to convenience or perhaps to people trafficking. The asylum industry is delighted.”

The German newspaper Rheinische Post reported the EU court’s ruling:

According to the German federal police’s record reviewed by our editorial staff, 7943 individuals were arrested in trains and additional 6066 were caught in long-distance buses. However, screening the buses could become difficult in the future following the legal ruling of the European Court of Justice [forwarded to] the German Federal Federal Administrative Court stating that Schengen rules prohibit the carriers in question from carrying out passport checks in long-distance buses.

Two bus carriers from German and Spain had brought the lawsuit challenging the regulation directing them to check the passports and residence permit of the non-EU residents before crossing the German border. As the European Court of Justice now ruled, these checks are prohibited. [Translation by the author]

The EU court’s ruling will now be reviewed by Germany’s Federal Administrative Court, one of the five supreme courts of the country, media reports say.

The EU court’s decision once again shows the downside of abdicating national sovereignty to an unelected EU bureaucracy. Despite Chancellor Angela Merkel’s endorsement of the open door immigration policy, German border police and law enforcement agencies are doing an exceptional job stopping illegal immigration and stemming migrant crime.

In the wake of the ongoing mass-migration, Germany not only faces a surge in violent street crimes but also well-organized foreign criminal gangs. Earlier this month, the police carried out a series of raids against Arab gangs across the country. Described by the media as the biggest raid of its kind, the police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia raided around 100 locations — including Arab hookah joints, gambling halls, betting shops and discos.

“There were 572 investigations in the area of organized crime, involving 8317 suspects. [Out of this group] the German nationals make up for only a relative minority of 29 percent,” the newspaper Leipziger Volkszeitung reported earlier this month. The German nationality of the criminal doesn’t rule out his Arab or Turkish ethnicity, which constitutes the lion’s share in organized crime gangs in Germany.

With the EU elite and German political class committed to ‘building bridges not walls,’ the German law enforcement agencies face the impossible task of getting a grip on migrant crime in the wake of unregulated mass-migration.

Italy’s Salvini: ‘Merkel has underestimated the challenges of migration’:

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Why should I care about Germany or EU, they hate America and Americans!

You made your bed now sleep in it! Next time we have to rescue the World we are keeping it.

    bobtuba in reply to Merlin01. | January 30, 2019 at 8:08 am

    “…they hate America and Americans!”
    Why yes, yes they do. I was over there for 27 years and that became quite clear to me.

    inspectorudy in reply to Merlin01. | January 30, 2019 at 9:22 am

    I flew there for many years and Germans hate EVERYBODY! I quit worrying about it and just accepted it. I truly believe that they are still smoldering from WWII and the humiliation they have endured since. The scale of their evil is still an awe-inducing event today. No nation in history except maybe Russia has ever committed the horrors that Germany did.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to inspectorudy. | January 30, 2019 at 10:42 am

      North Korea, Iran, China all come to mind, granted not at the same scale, and lets not forget Muhammad. What he did not accomplish personally, over the past 1400 years his flock has.

        healthguyfsu in reply to JusticeDelivered. | January 30, 2019 at 1:04 pm

        not sure what you mean by not at the same scale. Stalin killed far more than Hitler and Maoism dwarfs both of them combined.

          Milhouse in reply to healthguyfsu. | January 31, 2019 at 4:09 am

          Stalin and Mao were in power a lot longer than Hitler was, and had more people to play with. In murders per million per annum Hitler probably had them beat. Though Pol Pot probably wins that prize.

    txvet2 in reply to Merlin01. | January 30, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Maybe today. I was there during the Cold War, and the people who lived along the border were more than appreciative of our presence – and the vast majority couldn’t have been friendlier.

Selling Europeans on this ridiculous idea of losing national sovereignty and adding another layer of unelected leftist politicians running your country is probably the greatest con job ever. They convinced people that more government and more control is always better and government knows best.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Jackie. | January 30, 2019 at 8:16 am

    First, the down-tick is mine, and I was aimi for “Reply”. My apologies!

    Europeans in general are used to being subjects, and not citizens. They need to be guided in most of their everyday decisions, so the EU as an idea was perfect. But, like all bureaucracies, it went out of control; it went way beyond the original mission.

    The only time the Europeans will like us is when we are expending OUR treasure, OUR quality breeding stock, OUR ways (rationing like in WW2) for their sakes. A few years after the conflicgt ends, they will go back to hating everything about us but our tourist dollars, and the dollars some pay for a star, four circles, or roundel on the hoods of their cars.

The stupid is strong with the EU. Always has been.

If you make it (legally or otherwise) into the Schengen zone, then you must have a right to never, ever have your right to remain there questioned?

It’s been said that one should not attribute actions to malice that can be attributed to stupidity, but, they just couldn’t be that stupid.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Albigensian. | January 30, 2019 at 10:57 am

    American military test applicants, people studying IQ consider those tests a trove useful data. I read that they did a conversion scale to convert those results to IQ, and that they reject people with IQ’s lower than 83. It seems that one low IQ person can get a bunch of their fellows killed.

    In any event, I think that immigration standards should be much higher.

I don’t believe that courts in European countries generally, were of the type that we have in America, i.e., the highest and most powerful branch. I think the EU picked that up from us, which was a mistake.

Our courts have abrogated so much power, it’s anti-republican. They destroyed California when they overturned the voter referendum which was to prohibit benefits to illegal aliens and the Supreme Court did the same with its Plyler v. Doe decision in 1982.


Actually, the EU court was correct and Germany essentially has no recourse other than to remove itself from the Schengren Agreement, to which it is a signatory. The Schengren Convention, a supplement to the Agreement, abolished all internal member states border controls. So, under those agreements, Germany can not lawfully conduct border inspections, on borders shared with other member nations, or require a third party to conduct inspections for them. When you surrender your freedoms, it is often hard to take them back.

The headline says Germany but as a practical matter it is every EU country. Terrorist are given free rein.

I don’t know much about EU treaties — can someone explain how EU laws or rules have alleged supremacy over a sovereign country’s border security and immigration inspection activities? This EU assertion of authority seems unbelievably brazen and presumptuous. I’m curious if there’s a statutory hook for it.

    Vijeta Uniyal in reply to guyjones. | January 31, 2019 at 2:44 am

    In theory EU rulings and regulations are mostly advisory around which the member states must frame their laws/legislations.

    Countries can defy them. Take for example the eastern European countries in case of migrant resettlement. EU has launched infringement procedures against them, threatened them with economic sanctions and suspension of their voting rights in the European Commission.