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EU derails idea of free travel for teens

BRUSSELS: The European Union on Monday rejected a proposal to give all 18-year-olds free InterRail passes as too expensive, saying it would instead subsidise some travel for a few thousand students. Up to 7,000 European students will get bus, train or plane tickets to any EU country under a plan unveiled by the European Commission, the executive arm of the 28-nation European Union. But the commission said a suggestion by the European Parliament to give out InterRail passes, beloved of young backpackers travelling…