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War Spurs EU to Bring Croatia Into Passport-Free Schengen Zone

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine wreaks destruction on the fringes of the European Union, the bloc is poised to pull its newest member closer into the fold.

Croatia, which joined the EU almost a decade ago, is on the verge of joining the Schengen zone -- the passport-free area stretching from Norway’s Arctic coast to Spain’s Atlantic seaboard and the Greek isles in the Aegean. It’s hoping to secure approval so it can remove its border crossings to the EU when it also joins the euro area on Jan. 1.