French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in Paris today, just three days ahead of a planned EU-Turkey summit on migration.
Speaking to a joint press conference following today’s meeting, the two leaders said they had agreed over the need to keep open EU’s external borders.
“Our aim is to put in order the Schengen Treaty, and this will happen through coordinated actions,” said French President Francois Hollande.
German Chancellor Merkel said that Russian President Vladimir Putin reconfirmed his commitment to a truce in Syria. Regarding Monday’s summit between EU and Turkish leaders, Chancellor Merkel said that: “our efforts have not yet been completed,” noting that Turkey also expects Europe to stick to its own obligations.
The EU-Turkey summit comes at a time when there are clear signs that efforts to stem the migration crisis are failing, while border fences along the main Balkan migration route from Greece to northern Europe are stranding thousands in the south-eastern corner of the continent.
Indicative of how severe Europe’s migration crisis has become, yesterday Hollande also met with British Prime Minister David Cameron, where the two discussed the migration problem. High on the agenda was the increasingly fraught situation at a camp in Calais, in northern France, where thousands of migrants have been staying, many hoping to cross the channel to England.
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