Crisis talks in Brussels as migrants test Schengen terms


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European Union justice and interior ministers debate proposals today to take in 160,000 refugees from Syria, Eritrean and Afghanistan. Europe’s so-called Schengen agreement -- a tenet of the EU that enables people to travel through 26 European countries without border checks or visas -- faces the greatest threat to its 20-year existence, as it buckles under the burden of hundreds of thousands of people fleeing countries ravaged by conflict.

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