CSU deputy Gunther Beckstein says road checks must continue

The former Bavarian premier, CSU deputy, Gunther Beckstein, said on Monday that road checks on Czech drivers in Bavaria could not cease, since they were an essential tool in curbing crime. Speaking after a meeting with the Czech Civic Democrat leader Mirek Topolánek, Mr. Beckstein promised to appeal to his party colleague, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Hermann, to moderate the road checks and make sure they were fully in line with Schengen regulations. Czech politicians recently demanded an apology from Germany after receiving more than 100 complaints from Czech drivers saying they had been searched and questioned in a humiliating manner by German traffic police, particularly in Bavaria. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle who visited Prague last Thursday promised to look into the matter.