Germany said on Friday it will extend border controls with Austria for another six months. The checks were reintroduced in several places in the passport-free Schengen zone in response to the migrant influx. The new measures will begin on November 12 and apply for six months, German Interior Ministry spokeswoman Eleonore Petermann said.<em> “It is important to say in this context that it is still our aim to return to a Schengen without borders, without border controls,” </em>AFP quoted Petermann as saying. <em>“But we still see problems with the protection of the EU’s external borders and we still have high numbers for illegal secondary migration”</em> between member states, she said. Since 2015, several countries in the 26-nation Schengen zone have reintroduced border controls due to the largest migrant crisis since World War II.