The Danish–German Border in Times of COVID-19

  • Martin Klatt Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Border Region Studies

Abstract

The Danish–German border in the Schleswig region was drawn in 1920. It separated a hitherto economically and socially integrated region, taking into account the right of national self-determination. Since the late 20th century, Danish and German stakeholders have celebrated a narrative of overcoming the border. Thus, it came as a shock to local stakeholders when the border was closed in mid-March 2020 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The border subsequently reopened in steps with more or less free travel in the summer. Since October, however, new restrictions were imposed as infection numbers began rising in both countries.

Author Biography

Martin Klatt, Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark, Department of Border Region Studies

Associate Professor

Published
2020-12-15
Section
Essays