EU tackles migrants, jihadists as counter-terror centre launched

Migrants and refugees walk in a muddy road after crossing the Macedonian border into Serbia near the village of Miratovac on January 7, 2016EU ministers open talks Monday in Amsterdam on ways to save the Schengen passport-free zone from collapse under migrant flows and tackle the jihadist scourge as a new counter-terrorism centre is launched. The two-day meeting of interior and justice ministers is the first under the six-month Dutch European Union presidency that aims to broker a deal by June 30 on setting up a new pan-European border and coastguard force. The force will be a key topic for debate Monday afternoon as supporters say it will slow the unprecedented influx of migrants across the 28-nation bloc’s porous external frontiers and remove the need for Schengen member states to reintroduce internal border checks.

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