“Hundreds of officers are currently on duty there day and night. If necessary, I am prepared to reinforce them even further,” Horst Seehofer told the Bild am Sonntag newspaper.
Seehofer said there had already been 6,162 unauthorized entries into Germany from Belarus and Poland this year.
上个星期, Seehofer said Germany did not intend to close the border with Poland, but on Sunday he said the country might have to consider reintroducing controls.
“If the situation on the German-Polish border does not ease, we will also have to consider whether this step needs to be taken in coordination with Poland and the state of Brandenburg. This decision will come to the next government,” 他说.
The three German parties working to form a coalition government say they aim to wrap up talks by the end of November and elect Social Democrat Olaf Scholz chancellor in December.
Many EU states accuse Minsk of sending illegal migrants across the border into the EU to put pressure on the bloc, which imposed sanctions on Belarus after President Alexander Lukashenko’s disputed re-election in August 2020.
Lukashenko denies this and has blamed the West for what he says is a looming humanitarian catastrophe this winter after migrants were left stranded on the Belarusian-Polish border.