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EU States Push for Tougher Measures to Tackle Terrorism
By Nicolas Pinault
PARIS - After the recent attacks in southern France and Austria, some European leaders are pushing for tougher measures to tackle terrorism on the continent.
After the shock comes action. That is what European leaders promise after the deadly terror attacks in Nice and Vienna.
Pressure has been building ahead of the talks between French President Emmanuel Macron and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz for greater cooperation between members and for the EU to take the lead on counterterrorism.
“The European Union has increased its powers, it has introduced new legislation, it has reinforced cooperation between member states, it has strengthened the role of the EU border agency, the EU police agency notably. Member states are seeing the European Union has a more helpful complement to what they’re doing at the national level, compared to the situation 20 years ago,” said Thomas Renard, a senior fellow at the Edgemont Institute, a think tank in Brussels..
Last week, Macron said he would double police and military presence at France’s borders and support a fundamental reform of the Schengen agreement to enforce new security controls for Europe.
The French leader said he intends to lead some initiatives to improve the control outside EU borders such as deeply reforming the Schengen Agreement, which rules free movement with the Schengen Area. He insists it is the only to be more efficient to control those external borders.
Luigi di Maio, Italy’s foreign minister, said that the European Union should adopt a version of the USA Patriot Act, which gives security agencies greater surveillance powers.