Next G-8 Meeting in Heiligendamm, Germany – June 6 – 8

May 10, 2007 on 7:52 am | In country travel information, personal travel, travel news, travel warnings | Comments Off

The G-8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom, United States) are planning to hold their 2007 “summit” in Germany at Heilegendamm , a resort on the Baltic Sea.  The meeting will take place between June 6th and June 8th.  Traditionally, the G-8 has attracted anti-globalization protestors who see the G-8 meetings as a forum for continued globalization of economies and cultures.

As you may know, the 2005 meeting of the G-8 in Scotland was interrupted by the terrorist attack on the London Tube, which coincided with the start of the G-8 meeting.  The German goverment recently revealed that it possessed intelligence concerning a radical Islamic cell intending to attack an  American facility in Germany.  Although the time, date and specific target remains unknown, many in the press are speculating that the terrorist attack might occur during the G-8.  While the possibility of a terrorist attack remains speculation, we urge you to be alert to your surroundings if  you plan on traveling in Germany during this period.

Our advice:  avoid Heiligendamm and nearby towns such as Rostock, where demonstrators are expected to gather.   Note that the German police and intelligence services will be on alert from now through the end of the G-8.  In addition to stepped-up security, expect increased surveillance and the possibility of in-depth checking at border crossings, as the German government attempts to limit the entry of people they consider potential ”trouble-makers”.

 

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