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EU Acts on Refugees, Terrorism With Tougher Border Controls

  • Planned border agency could intervene over national objections
  • EU citizens set for full identity checks at external borders
Photographer: IROZ GAIZKA/AFP/Getty Images
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Beset by the refugee crisis and fears of terrorism, the European Union floated plans to stiffen its external border controls for Europeans and non-Europeans alike.

EU governments will tighten up on passport checks at airports and land and sea entry points, backed up by an EU-flagged border patrol that can intervene in emergencies, as when refugees overwhelmed Greece’s islands this year.