Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans gives a joint press during a general affairs meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels on September 25, 2017. (AFP / JOHN THYS)
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Temporary border controls inside the European Union's free-travel zone could be extended for up to three years during a crisis, the European Commission proposed Wednesday, giving it more leeway to stem migration.The proposal by the EU executive comes as border controls in Germany, Austria, Denmark, and Norway expire, part of the European Union's response to a surge of refugees and migrants in November 2015 that tested EU rules on passport-free travel.While not referring to the four countries, the Commission's plan, if agreed by EU governments, would allow them to keep the controls in place for another year if they can justify them.Norway is part of Schengen but not the EU.
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