France: 'A Europe that protects' — Kurz presents Austrian Presidency agenda at EP

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the top priorities for the Austrian presidency of the EU Council, when speaking at a European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Governing in coalition with the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), supportive of a more restrictive EU policy on migration, Kurz said that the Austrian presidency motto would be «a Europe that protects,» in a... Еще pledge to better secure the European external borders. Kurz stressed, «We need a paradigm shift in our migration policy. We need to focus more on the safeguarding of our external borders as the prerequisite for a common borders Europe.» The Austrian chancellor also added that the country wants to «be a bridge builder» and reduce tensions within Europe, suggesting alongside other issues to re-establish dialogue with Russia. «It's necessary to strengthen the channels of dialogue again, because a long-term peace on our continent can only be reached with, not against Russia,» said Kurz. Kurz's government takes over the bloc's presidency from Bulgaria for the next six months at a moment when migration is again dominating the European agenda.

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