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A ‘promise broken’; Romania and Bulgaria denied entry into Europe’s free-travel zone

By DON MELVIN

BRUSSELS — Romania and Bulgaria, the European Union’s two newest members, were denied entry into Europe’s borderless free-travel zone Thursday when EU interior ministers could not reach the necessary unanimity and decided not to hold a vote.

Poland’s interior minister, Jerzy Miller, said angrily that both countries had been promised entry and had met the requirements.

“Today, the promise has been broken,” Miller said. “Today, we were not confident enough to say we want to act together, not separately.”

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