On 16 September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met her Austrian counterpart, Sebastian Kurz, in Berlin. The meeting sought to prepare for an informal European Union (EU) leaders’ summit to take place in Salzburg on 19 and 20 September.
Merkel and Kurz managed to put aside their previous differences regarding migration policies and fully endorsed the European Commission’s plan to boost spending on securing the EU’s external borders and to fight irregular migration. The core goals specified by the Commission include enhancing the mandate of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) and to increase the number of operational staff from the current 1,300 to 10,000 by 2020.
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