EU leaders are meeting in Brussels to discuss a controversial plan to establish a common border control force. British Prime Minister David Cameron will also outline his demands for EU reforms.
EU budget chief Günther Oettinger says he wants Berlin to pay at least 3 billion euros more to cope with new tasks after Britain leaves the bloc. But he said that meant just 10 cents a day more for everyone in Germany.
Frontex's new Operation Themis sends a political message to Italy's Mediterranean neighbors. More than 10 Frontex ships will be sailing through the sea for a year.
Angela Merkel has acknowledged European Union financing challenges for the remaining 27 member states after 2019. The chancellor later discussed the problem with the leaders of Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
They style themselves as stable and safe countries at every opportunity, nevertheless, they have yet to be admitted to the Schengen Area. Romania and Bulgaria, it seems, will remain the European Union's problem children.
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