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Germany Hoping for Agreement with Fellow EU Countries on Easing Travel Restrictions This Summer

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A customer sits with his laptop beside display mannequins at the Cafe Livres in Essen, Germany, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

BERLIN — Germany hopes to reach agreement with fellow European countries on rolling back travel restrictions in time for the summer holiday season.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says “we hope to be able to lift the worldwide travel warning at least for the European Union after June 14 and replace it with lower level travel advice.”

Maas says countries had gotten “a good bit closer” to that goal with Germany’s nine neighbors and an earlier round of negotiations with 11 other European countries this week.

Maas says Germany wants a “coordinated and transparent process” across the EU that avoids individual countries pressing ahead in a bid for income from tourism when the pandemic isn’t yet defeated.