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Status: 05/12/2022 9:10 PM

G7 foreign ministers’ talks began at Weissenhaus on the Baltic Sea on Thursday. Police officers from all over Germany are on duty until Saturday.

The historic Schlossgut Weissenhaus in East Holstein Wangels, better known as a luxury hotel complex, has been the scene of global politics since Thursday. The foreign ministers of the G7 countries discuss, among other things, the situation in Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine and its consequences. About 3,500 officers from the Federal Police, State Police and the Federal Criminal Police Office are currently working to ensure the security of the G7 meeting. But so far, the police didn’t have much to do in the holiday district.

“So far, no meetings or acts of sabotage have been recorded,” says Jana Reuter of the State Police. Of course, the police are ready if there are demonstrations around the place. Overall, though, Reuter also expects the G7 meeting at Weissenhaus to go smoothly. Ole Gerlach, a police spokesman, agrees. The first day went exactly as planned: “Delegates have arrived. There were convoys in Schleswig-Holstein on the way. There were some short-term closures but no major traffic disruptions. We are very satisfied with the overall planning.”

Officials move between workplace and residence

Police officers are housed not only in the holiday resort itself, but also in Kiel and Lübeck – and some even further, in the suburbs of Hamburg. They all have to commute between their places of residence and their workplace: “Therefore, it can be very crowded on the streets all over Schleswig-Holstein this weekend,” warned Jana Reuter of the Schleswig-Holstein State Police. Drivers must be prepared for this.

Checking bags for pedestrians and cyclists

There are many road closures in Weißenhaus and the surrounding area. For example, the B202 between Döhnsdorf and Farve and the district road 48 from Weißenhaus to Brök is completely blocked from Thursday morning until early Saturday evening. The B202 bend runs from Kaköhl and from Farve and is marked.

The Baltic Sea is also closed in a radius of 2.5 kilometers around the place. Drones are not allowed to fly within a radius of 9 km, and fishing within a radius of 10 km is prohibited. “Pedestrians and cyclists have to anticipate checks, and bags and backpacks can be searched,” Reuter explains. The State Police sees itself well prepared: “We already have some experience. Several of them were already on duty at the G7 foreign ministers meeting in Lübeck five years ago.”

The location should ensure a quiet meeting

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Weißenhaus, an area of ​​Wangels municipality, is somewhat isolated on the Baltic Sea. There are few locals here. The place is characterized by hotels and vacations. “You can’t just travel there by bus and train. That’s a good plan: I think the bus only goes there twice a day,” says Kristen Voss. She is mayor of the Oldenburg Land Office of the municipality of Engels. Vos believes the situation will also mean that negotiations will run as smoothly as possible.

Mixed feelings among tourism workers

Tourism professionals in the region are less confident. Many hope that the images of beautiful landscapes will remain in the minds of the world audience. This could be a good advertisement for the region, says camp site operator Weißenhäuser Strand, for example: “What will happen is huge. The political situation is not so rosy with the war in Ukraine either,” believes Uwe Oelschläger. We live in a democracy, so everyone can say whatever they want. The camp worker hopes there won’t be any riots.

Police closed the area around the Schloss Weissenhaus to vehicular traffic. Since Thursday, from 8 a.m. until Saturday evening, the B202 between Döhnsdorf and Farve and the district road 48 from Weißenhaus to Brök has been completely closed. The B202 bend runs from Kaköhl and from Farve and is marked.

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