Germany has told EU interior ministers meeting in Brussels that it continues to oppose any inclusion of Romania and Bulgaria in the passport-free Schengen area. Britain has called for EU limits on freedom of movement.
New data on population trends show that the 28-nation European Union grew by nearly one million last year. It hasn't quite made up from a drop in 2011, when the count shrunk by 1.8 million as recession hit Europe.
Thousands of French pupils have boycotted class in Paris and marched on the Interior Ministry to protest recent deportations of schoolmates. A hard-line policy targeting Roma has attracted widespread criticism.
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