Proposals to connect several large EU immigration databases pose various risks for human rights, the bloc's Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) warns.
Almost one million asylum applications were pending at the end of 2017, with Germany accounting for 48 per cent of the total figure.
The Council has added 3 persons involved in serious human rights violations to the list of those submitted to a travel ban and an asset freeze in view of the situation in South Sudan.
Less than three months after parliamentary elections the Czechs return to the polls on Friday for a presidential vote - and the divide between the leading candidates could not be starker.
Reports of African migrants being tortured, killed and sold as slaves in Libya have caused a global outcry. The few who manage to escape the horrors carry deep physical and psychological scars.
The number of refugees on the Greek Aegean islands has increased significantly. A German member of the European Parliament expects a "humanitarian catastrophe" as winter approaches.