By summer it should be possible for Ukrainians to travel to Europe without a visa - but only under certain conditions.
The German chancellor has said lifting EU sanctions on Russia is off the table until a "real ceasefire" is achieved in Ukraine. The bloc introduced the measures after the annexation of Crimea in 2014.
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.
Ukraine's in vitro fertilization clinics draw foreign couples desperate to have a baby. But the process can lead to paternal mistakes and citizenship questions, and experts want more regulation.
The economic measures prevent EU citizens and companies from investing in Crimea and Sevastopol. Russia's annexation of the peninsula in 2014 prompted the sanctions.
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