(Bloomberg) -- The European Union took steps to improve the policing of its internal and external borders Friday, both to fight terrorism and manage the flow of refugees from Middle Eastern wars.

Greece, on the bloc’s southeastern flank, gave up its resistance to EU-flagged patrols to handle asylum-seekers in the Aegean Sea as countries further north laid the groundwork for future two-year suspensions of passport-free internal travel, a popular system in much of Europe since 1995.

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