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Bettel left red-faced after Croatia-EU gaffe
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Bettel left red-faced after Croatia-EU gaffe

24.09.2015 From our online archive
Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel made a major gaffe on Thursday when he implied that Croatia was not part of the European Union.

(ks/JB) Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel made a major gaffe on Thursday when he implied that Croatia was not part of the European Union.

Speaking to press as he arrived at the EU summit in Brussels, the Luxembourgish leader stated that Brussels should support countries outside of European borders such as Turkey, Jordan, Bosnia and...Croatia.

Croatia, however, has been a European Union Member State since July 1, 2013.

Bettel went on to justify his call for more support in these countries, saying that the situation was precarious in refugee camps where children have no access to schooling.

Bettel said that the Schengen Agreement, which enables EU citizens to travel freely between 26 Member States, as well as the Dublin Regulations, which mean an asylum seeker must apply for international protection in the first EU country they enter, would have to be maintained. 

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