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Leaders of Italy, France and Germany talks over EU future

Leaders of Italy, France and Germany talks over EU futureThe leaders of three EU biggest economies conducted a meeting on Monday as a union is facing a lot of problems after multiplied ISIS attacks, British decision to leave and so on.

Germany's Angela Merkel, France's Francois Hollande and Italy's Matteo Renzi spoke on the deck of the Italian aircraft carrier Garibaldi, which is spearheading the EU’s migrant rescue and antismuggling effort. The three leaders traveled to the island of Ventotene to pay tribute to one of the founding fathers of European unity, Altiero Spinelli.

“Many people thought that after Brexit, that Europe was finished. It’s not like that,” Renzi said from the deck. “We respect the choice of Britain’s citizens, but we want to write a page for the future.”

Renzi, Merkel and Hollande all supported the improvement of internal and external defense measures, including better intelligence-sharing and beefed-up border defenses.

“Europe should have a framework of protection. For security we need to have borders that can be guarded,” Hollande said. “We also want there to be more coordination in the fight against terrorism.”

Talking about economic development, they promised new economic prospects to young people, still without any specific proposals or details.

“Further growth and development is another big issue (to tackle), since we know Europe is not a most competitive place in all of its contexts,” Merkel stressed. “We will have to address this in Bratislava, and also discuss the future of our youth, who must have the chance to play a role, and bring European values around the world.”

The meeting was ahead of next month EU summit in Bratislava.
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