By summer it should be possible for Ukrainians to travel to Europe without a visa - but only under certain conditions.
Kyiv officials have accused pro-Russian rebels of killing several soldiers ahead of a vote in the separatist-controlled Donbass region. President Petro Poroshenko has said "nobody will recognize" the outcome of the vote.
Angela Merkel has visited Ukraine's President Poroshenko, who is in the midst of an election campaign. There's disappointment in Kyiv at his failure to implement reforms, and hopes of EU-style democracy are fading.
The high demand for residency and citizenship in EU member states has created a market for corrupt national officials to forge documents and pocket the money. Governments even profit on selling citizenship or residency.
Officially, random checks at the border with Italy were to ensure the security of EU interior ministers in Innsbruck. In reality, they were probably a test run for finding migrants. Bernd Riegert reported from Brenner.
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