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G7 meeting at Schloss Elmau: Garmisch has had enough of the summit


According to the mayor of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, another G7 meeting in her community is not desirable. The meeting remained peaceful, but the restrictions were “on the limit of what is reasonable”.

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Woman with a walker in Garmisch-Partenkirchen: 10,000 police officers were on duty around the site for days


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Prime Minister Markus Söder tried to inspire the guests of the G7 summit in Bavaria with traditional bands and lots of customs.

It is unclear whether the scam will catch on - but many Bavarians themselves do not want to know anything about the trappings of the meeting of heads of state and government at Schloss Elmau.

The mayor of the affected town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Elisabeth Koch, does not wish for another G7 summit in her region - at least not in this form.

"Anything is possible, I don't think a third G7 summit in this format would be desirable," said the CSU politician.

Your location has become the venue for the second time after 2015.

"Thank God the summit was peaceful and harmonious," she said.

Nevertheless, she found the restrictions in their entirety to be "rather borderline".

The residents' freedom of movement was massively restricted - "although this was for the safety of all of us, it was still at the limit of what was reasonable for the population".

In her estimation, the massive presence of emergency vehicles over weeks and months was the biggest disruptive factor in the place that is otherwise popular with tourists.

In Garmisch, some shops and restaurants had to close for days.

In view of the war in Ukraine, Koch had repeatedly described the meeting of the heads of state and government as more important than ever.

"Unfortunately, the inestimable value of this summit and the relevance of the discussions and content was overshadowed by the cost discussion and the noticeable burden on the population," she said.

Interior Minister Herrmann thanks the people

"Regardless of the fact that Garmisch-Partenkirchen was already known all over the world, these pictures once again document the beauty of our region, which we locals have been able to cherish, care for and hopefully preserve for generations," she said.

Bavaria's Minister of the Interior, Joachim Herrmann, knows about the burden on residents - and has thanked them for their patience.

"That's an impertinence," said the CSU politician, referring to the police operation, road closures and controls.

“Now people in Garmisch can enjoy life again.” The tourism industry in the region could also look forward to increasing sales as a result of the summit, said Herrmann.

According to state police chief Michael Schwald, up to 10,000 police officers were on duty around the conference venue at Schloss Elmau every day.

A total of around 18,000 officials were active because of the G7 summit, mainly in Munich and in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen region.

In this context, there were 37 arrests.

1,400 personal details were recorded, and people were taken into custody in eleven cases.

According to Interior Minister Herrmann, all arrested demonstrators were free again by the end of the summit.

The demonstrations in Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen around the summit remained "largely trouble-free and peaceful".

In contrast to the G20 summit in Hamburg, where autonomists sometimes fought violently with the police and destroyed entire streets, Garmisch-Partenkirchen was far less busy.

The low number of demonstrators means that the federal police have been able to relocate forces to eastern German forest fire areas in the past few days.

Germany hosted the G7 summit with France, Italy, Japan, Canada, the USA and Great Britain, EU representatives and other guest countries.

Officially, the high-level meeting lasted from Sunday to Tuesday with tight security measures, including road closures and police checks.

As early as June 14, however, the federal police said they began to carry out increased checks at borders, airports, train stations and trains in order to stop "violent disruptors".


Source: spiegel

All life articles on 2022-06-28

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