French President Emmanuel Macron at a mini-summit of the European Union, which was held via video link, called on EU leaders to give a joint response to the Islamic threat, reports French Radio International. The summit was also attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, as well as European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
“There is no need to confuse the fight against illegal immigration and the fight against terrorism, but we must take a sober view of the connection that exists between these two phenomena,” Macron said. The French President recalled that the recent terrorist attack in Nice, committed by a native of Tunisia, who entered Europe through the Italian island of Lampedusa, “unfortunately illustrates” this connection.
EU leaders agreed to develop common databases, exchange information, and strengthen criminal penalties for terrorism-related articles. In addition, Macron intends to present new proposals to strengthen the fight against Islamist terror at a meeting of the European Council, which will be held on December 10.