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Croatia ready to join border-free Schengen area, EU Commission says

Croatia ready to join border-free Schengen area, EU Commission says

The European Commission recommended on Tuesday that Croatia joins the border-free Schengen area, more than four years after the Balkan country applied for membership.

Turkey drawing more tourists from Qatar this year

Turkey drawing more tourists from Qatar this year

Turkey, particularly Istanbul, has started attracting more Qataris again this year, a number of travel agencies in Doha have said.

Austria wants to change Schengen border rules

Austria wants to change Schengen border rules

Austrian ministers said Thursday that they want to change the rules governing Europe's passport-free Schengen zone so they can extend border controls that expire later this year.

EU to end internal Schengen controls by November

EU to end internal Schengen controls by November

EU countries that imposed border controls in the passport-free Schengen area because of the migrant crisis should end them by November, Brussels said Tuesday.

EU allows 5 Schengen members to prolong border controls

EU allows 5 Schengen members to prolong border controls

EU trade ministers on Friday gave the green light to Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway - all members of the visa-free Schengen zone - to extend temporary border controls for three months.

Croatian embassy issues 1,300 visas last year to Qatar residents

Croatian embassy issues 1,300 visas last year to Qatar residents

The Croatian embassy issued more than 1,300 visas last year to Qatar residents, ambassador Tomislav Bosnjak told Gulf Times.

Turkey visa deal only once 'all criteria met': EU

Turkey visa deal only once 'all criteria met': EU

The EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini said Tuesday that Turkey would only get visa-free travel to the bloc once it has met all the required criteria.

EU leaders push migrant plan ahead of Turkey summit

EU leaders push migrant plan ahead of Turkey summit

European leaders launch a charm offensive to win backing for a migrant deal with Turkey on Wednesday, seeking to heal rifts between member states on the eve of a key summit with Ankara.

EU gives Greece warning to fix border ‘neglect’

EU gives Greece warning to fix border ‘neglect’

The EU executive concluded on Wednesday that Greece could face new border controls with other states of the free-travel Schengen zone in May if it does not fix ‘serious deficiencies’ in its management of the area's external frontier.

EU mulls two-year Schengen suspension over migrant crisis

EU mulls two-year Schengen suspension over migrant crisis

The European Commission said Tuesday it may eventually allow member states of the passport-free Schengen zone to reintroduce border checks for up to two years to cope with the migration crisis.

EU should erect new Greek frontier to stop migrants: Hungarian PM

EU should erect new Greek frontier to stop migrants: Hungarian PM

The European Union should establish a new frontier on the northern border of Greece, because an agreement with Turkey will not be enough to stop hundreds of thousands of migrants from coming to Europe, Hungarian PM said.

Schengen and European Security

Schengen and European Security

Another key European project is under threat. Some two decades after border controls were first abolished under the Schengen Agreement – which now includes 26 countries, including four non-members of the European Union ...