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Schengen: Europe's passport-free travel zone 'on brink of collapse'

The system that allows passport-free movement across Europe is feared to be on the brink of collapse as nations tighten their border controls because of the refugee crisis.

European Council president Donald Tusk has admitted it is a "race against time" to save the Schengen travel zone, which has operated for 30 years.

The council president spoke before another informal summit in Valetta dedicated to the issue of Schengen and urged: "We must hurry, but without panic."

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European Commission: Some of Cameron's EU reform proposals 'highly problematic'

Some British proposals for EU reform are "highly problematic", a EU Commission spokesperson has said.

Asked at a news conference for the Commission's initial reaction to the letter, chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas said:

Prima facie we see a number of elements which appear to be feasible, like finding ways to increase the role of national parliaments, some issues which are difficult, like ever closer union and relations between the euro ins and outs, and some things which are highly problematic as they touch upon the fundamental freedoms of the internal market. Direct discrimination between EU citizens clearly falls into this last category.

– Margaritis Schinas, European Commission spokesperson

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