Syrian refugee children in Turkey are vulnerable to Islamic State recruiters. In response to the Ukraine conflict, NATO is stationing a battalion in Bulgaria for the first time.
Within the EU, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia form a regional body of their own: the Visegrad Group, or V4. The countries differ on many issues, but they have embraced similar migration policies.
After over two years, Berlin said it's still not ready to stop temporary passport controls at the Austrian border. The Interior Ministry cited fears of a terrorist attack and unbridled migration for the prolonged checks.
Germany's conservative CDU/CSU parties have agreed on a guideline to limit migration to the country. While some call the move unconstitutional, experts say the proposal appears to be legal, though ethically questionable.
The EU's executive has unveiled plans to resettle at least 50,000 refugees, focusing on people from northern Africa, to bypass smugglers. Europe is struggling to distribute thousands of migrants already in the bloc.
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