The EU wants to see more African involvement in Mali. Paris has suggested a mission of African nations, under UN leadership.
The headquarters of the European Union training military mission in Mali - to which Germany contributes 200 troops - has been attacked by four gunmen, one of whom was killed by security personnel.
The distribution of refugees and migrants within the EU doesn't seem to be working. So instead, the EU is relying on a closure of the borders - and is paying Turkey a high price for its help, says Bernd Riegert.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said "free societies" would prove stronger than terrorism, in a statement following the Brussels attacks. Police have tightened security at borders and airports.
Follow the latest on the explosions which have killed at least 34 people at Brussels' international airport and a metro station. Belgium's terror alert has now been raised to its highest level.
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