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Migrants stand in a queue near the police station in the southern Serbian town of Presevo, near the border with Macedonia, on Thursday. Illegal immigrants cross Serbia on their way to other European countries as it has land access to three members of the 28-nation bloc -- Romania, Hungary and Croatia. This year, more than 50,000 migrants tried to cross into Hungary via Serbia between January 1 and May 31 -- representing an 880-percent increase compared to the same period in 2014, according to the EU's Frontex border agency

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Migrants stand in a queue near the police station in the southern Serbian town of Presevo, near the border with Macedonia, on Thursday. Illegal immigrants cross Serbia on their way to other European countries as it has land access to three members of the 28-nation bloc, Romania, Hungary and Croatia

A child from from Dofteana, northern Romania wearing a bear fur, lies on an office building's steps while taking a break from performing a holiday season ritual in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, tour house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil. In recent years following the economic downturn in Romania, a European Union member since 2007, the tradition has moved to Romania's cities where dancers travel to perform the ritual for money during the Christmas and New Year's period. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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A child from from Dofteana, northern Romania wearing a bear fur, lies on an office building’s steps while taking a break from performing a holiday season ritual in Bucharest, Romania. In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, tour house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil. In recent years following the economic downturn in Romania, a European Union member since 2007, the tradition has moved to Romania’s cities where dancers travel to perform the ritual for money during the Christmas and New Year’s period. 

Romanians Commemorate 25th Anniversary of 1989 Revolution...epa04538040 Romanian Honor Guard soldiers pay respects to the victims of the 1989 revolution during a commemoration ceremony held at Heroes of the Revolution Memorial, in central Bucharest, Romania, 22 December 2014. Romanians these days pay their respect to the 1989 activists who took to the streets 25 years ago, taking part at the revolution that toppled Eastern Europe's most repressive communist regime. More than 1,000 people were killed across Romania during clashes between demonstrators and  forces loyal to then dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.  EPA/ROBERT GHEMENT

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Romanian Honor Guard soldiers pay respects to the victims of the 1989 revolution during a commemoration ceremony held at Heroes of the Revolution Memorial, in central Bucharest, Romania. Romanians these days pay their respect to the 1989 activists who took to the streets 25 years ago, taking part at the revolution that toppled Eastern Europe’s most repressive communist regime. More than 1,000 people were killed across Romania during clashes between demonstrators and forces loyal to then dictator Nicolae Ceausescu.

An elderly couple sits on a bench in front of the fence of their home covered with election campaign poster in support of Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta in Floroaica village on November 11, 2014. Ponta won the first round of the presidential elections with 40.44 percent of the vote against 30.37 percent for the candidate of the right, Klaus Iohannis. Iohannis got 46 percent of the votes of the Romanian diaspora. The presidential elections in Romania - the second round to take place on November 16 - are regarded as crucial to the former Communist block country as fears of a takeover of justice by the political power in case of a victory of Ponta are alive.

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An elderly couple sits on a bench in front of the fence of their home covered with election campaign poster in support of Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta in Floroaica village on Tuesday. Ponta won the first round of the presidential elections with the second round to take place on Sunday

A Romanian Roma man teaches his son to pray during a religious service celebrating the Birth of the Virgin Mary at the Bistrita Monastery in Costesti, Romania, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. Thousands of Gypsies or Roma gather on a nearby hillside after attending the religious service and celebrate the religious holiday by sharing food and playing traditional music until the next dawn.

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A Romanian Roma man teaches his son to pray during a religious service celebrating the Birth of the Virgin Mary at the Bistrita Monastery in Costesti, Romania

Donisan of Romania competes in men's high jump during European Athletics Championships in Zurich

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Mihai Donisan of Romania competes in the men’s high jump during the European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich on Wednesday

A woman burns incense in front of the graves of her relatives at a cemetery in the village of Copaciu, southwest of Bucharest, early morning April 17, 2014. Orthodox women went to church and cemeteries in the early morning on Maundy Thursday to light candles, burn incense and mourn their dead relatives as part of a southern Romanian tradition. Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. Romania's Christian Orthodox majority will celebrate Easter on April 20 together with Catholic believers.

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A woman burns incense in front of the graves of her relatives at a cemetery in the village of Copaciu, southwest of Bucharest. Orthodox women went to church and cemeteries in the early morning on Maundy Thursday to light candles, burn incense and mourn their dead relatives as part of a southern Romanian traditional believers.

A man wearing a Santa Claus outfit receives help to exit a helicopter at the Romanian Airforce Base 90 in Otopeni, outside Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. Santa arrived on a Puma helicopter and distributed gifts to the children of the Romanian air force personnel .

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Santa Claus disembarks from a helicopter at the Romanian air force base in Otopeni, outside Bucharest. Santa arrived on a Puma helicopter and distributed gifts to children of air force personnel. 

Roma Communities Struggle Against Abject Poverty...PONORATA, ROMANIA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Young Roma children attend a preschool class in the abjectly poor Roma settlement of Ponorata on September 11, 2013 in Ponorata, Romania. A Romanian NGO called OvidiuRo, co-founded by Leslie Hawke, who is the mother of American actor Ethan Hawke, is attempting to get young Roma children to regularly attend pre-school through a coupon incentive system for food at Ponorata and 23 other Roma communities across Romania. Between 400 and 500 Roma live in squalor at Ponorata, few have access to electricity and 95% of them are illiterate and unemployed. Many Roma from Ponorata have spent time in France to earn money, mostly through begging and scrap metal collection.

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Young children attend a pre-school class in the Roma settlement of Ponorata in Romania. OvidiuRo, a Romanian non-governmental organisation co-founded by Leslie Hawke, the mother of US actor Ethan Hawke, is attempting to get Roma children to regularly attend pre-school through a coupon incentive system for food. Between 400 and 500 Roma live in squalour at Ponorata, few have access to electricity and 95 per cent are illiterate and unemployed. Many Roma from Ponorata have spent time in France to earn money, mostly through begging and scrap metal collection. 

A man puts up a large poster of the deceased Roma King Florin Cioaba, in Sibiu, in the Transylvania region of Romania, a day before his funeral.

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A man puts up a large poster of the deceased self-styled Roma king, Florin Cioaba, in Sibiu, in the Transylvania region of Romania, a day before his funeral

An elderly woman holds toilet paper outside a public toilet near a roman catholic church during celebrations of the Assumption of Mary in Cacica, northern Romania, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. The church, famous for it's Black Madonna icon, was built by members of the Polish community in the area and completed in 1904 and in the year 2000 was awarded the title of Basilica Minor by the late Pope John Paul II. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

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A woman holds toilet paper outside a public convenience near the Roman Catholic church during celebrations of the Assumption of Mary in Cacica, northern Romania on Thursday. The church, famous for it’s Black Madonna icon, was built by members of the Polish community and completed in 1904. In 2000, it was awarded the title of Basilica Minor by the late Pope John Paul II 

A child enjoys a fountain in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, July 30, 2013, shortly before a thunderstorm, at the end of a torrid day. Southern Romania is affected by a massive heatwave with temperatures of up to 40 Centigrade (104 Fahrenheit) in some areas.

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A child enjoys a fountain in Bucharest, Romania, shortly before a thunderstorm, at the end of a torrid day on Tuesday. Southern Romania is affected by a massive heatwave with temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius in some areas.

An organiser walks on a large European Union flag is displayed front of Romania's Parliament Building to mark EU Day in Bucharest May 9, 2013. The flag measures 140 by 100 meters and weighs 800kg, according to organisers.

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An organizer walks on a large European Union flag displayed in front of Romania’s parliament building to mark EU Day in Bucharest. The flag measures 140m by 100m and weighs 800kg, according to organisers.

A woman burns incense in front of the graves of her relatives at a cemetery in the village of Copaciu, 42 km (26 miles) southwest of Bucharest, early morning May 2, 2013. Orthodox women went to church and cemeteries in the early morning on Maundy Thursday to light candles, burn incense and mourn their dead relatives as part of a southern Romania tradition. Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. Romania's Orthodox majority celebrates Easter on May 5.

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A woman burns incense in front of the graves of her relatives at a cemetery in the village of Copaciu, 42km southwest of Bucharest. Orthodox women went to church and cemeteries in the early morning on Maundy Thursday to light candles, burn incense and mourn their dead as part of a southern Romanian tradition. Holy Thursday is the day Christians commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. Romania’s Orthodox majority celebrates Easter on May 5.