German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Thursday on EU leaders meeting this week without Britain to come up with a "realistic" plan for Europe that reflects the bloc's "concerns, hopes and desires."
Merkel said the current wave of jihadist violence and the mass influx of migrants demanded a common European approach.
"We must protect our external borders and we must provide a common response," she stressed, adding that Europe needed to address citizens' concerns in order to remain "a continent of hope".
Hollande said the summit aimed to agree a "roadmap" for Europe's post-Brexit future, including improved defence capabilities, greater investment in renewable energy and a new push on training and jobs for the continent's legions of jobless youth.
The Bratislava summit is intended to give the EU a new sense of purpose after the existential crisis triggered by Britain's shock referendum decision to quit the bloc.
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