A row over how the European Union should deal with migrants crossing the Mediterranean has heated up in recent weeks, even though their number has declined sharply since 2015.
Can EU leaders overcome rampant euroscepticism, deep divisions on migration and Britain's looming departure to show a common front at their next summit?
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.