Merkel says EU in ‘critical situation’ as leaders meet
German Chancellor Angela Merkelhas warned that the European Union faces a critical situation, as she arrived in Bratislava for a summit to chart a post-Brexit future.
Merkel said the bloc has to improve in the domain of security, internal and external security, the fight against terrorism, the cooperation in the field of defence.She added that the EU had to “get better in the issues of growth and jobs.”
Twenty seven EU leaders are meeting, without Britain, to try to draw up a roadmap for the future after Britons voted in a June referendum to leave the bloc. They will also discuss ways to regain trust in the EU.
European Council President Donald Tusk has called on EU leaders to take a “sober and brutally honest” look at the bloc’s problems, in the wake of Britain’s shock vote to leave the EU.The meeting is not due to discuss negotiations with Britain, but will look at the future as a bloc of twenty-seven.Officials say Mr Tusk views migration as the main issue to tackle.