Wednesday, June 29, 2005

In Actual Fact on the practical side of ID cards:
"What was surprising yesterday was that four people, in Bundesgrenzschutz uniform got on the train at Colmar in France and during the 10km journey to Saarbrücken in Germany, went through the entire train demanding to see the ID/Passports of everyone on board. After showing one of them my passport, I asked the man (who was, I should add, friendly, courteous and polite) why border passport controls were still taking place 15 years after Schengen. 'Oh, it’s not a border control,' he said, 'just a random, spot check'"

Welcome to Blair's identity card Britain.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Armin said...

Thanks for the reminder, need to think of that next time I visit Germany ;-)

While I still have a German id card it is now expired and I can't renew it. You can only renew a German id card if you're registered and live in Germany.

Having lived in the UK for quite a long time now I'm so used to not having to carry an id card with me that I usually leave it at "home" (i.e my parents or my sister) while I'm in Germany.

Might get me into some trouble should I run into a random check somewhere while in Germany...

6/29/2005 06:26:00 pm  

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