Hollande and Merkel to discuss refugee crisis, terrorism

The refugee crisis and efforts to fight terrorism will dominate a meeting between French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the town of Metz on Thursday.

The meeting between the long-standing allies comes amid widening differences in national interests, particularly in connection with the influx of refugees into Europe.

Unlike Germany, France did not move to open its doors to migrants last year. Hollande, after initially stalling and opposing a Europe-wide quota system advocated by Merkel, said France will commit to taking 30,000 refugees over two years.

The meeting in Metz, a French town in the Lorraine region near the border with Germany, will also see the French and German delegations discuss efforts to integrate refugees.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, prime minister of the German state of Saarland, will jointly present a report about integration efforts in both countries.

They will also outline plans for a joint integration committee comprising politicians, academics and organizations from both countries.

Last update: Thu, 07/04/2016 - 12:35

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