Three ALDE Party member parties – FDP in Germany, NEOS in Austria and Team Köllensperger in South Tyrol, Italy – are calling for opening the borders with Italy. The current situation in the border area in the Bavaria – Tyrol – South Tyrol region demonstrates how national thinking has taken front seat over a joint European approach and prevents a coordinated approach to a fight a borderless virus.
Martin Hagen, parliamentary group leader of FDP in the Bavarian state parliament, pointed out that if Bavaria – Tyrol border is opened, the same approach should also apply to Tyrol – South Tyrol border. Paul Köllensperger of Team K sees this border closure harmful for a joint fight against the pandemic in the region. Dominik Oberhofer, spokesperson of NEOS Tyrol, condemns the decision of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to keep the borders closed.
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