Sebastian Kurz: Brexit and bridge-building will be center-stage

Austria’s Kurz says EU summit will focus on Brexit, migration.

Brexit and bridge-building will be center-stage at a two-day European Union summit this week, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Monday. Kurz held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, having met the previous day with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, AP reports. “We have to do everything to avoid a hard Brexit,” Kurz said.

Kurz met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday, having met the previous day with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“We have to do everything to avoid a hard Brexit,” Kurz said. On immigration, he added, European external borders must be secured and frontline countries like Greece and Italy “need our support.”

Macron added to the list, saying the EU can advance on the migration issue “by respecting our values,” an apparent reference to Hungary, rebuked last week for hard-line policies, including on migration.

Chancellor #Merkel meets Austria’s Federal Chancellor @sebastiankurz for a discussion in preparation of the informal #EU summit in #Salzburg.

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