“The problem must be solved at a European level, otherwise, it won't just be Germany that suffers the consequences, as some seem to think, but our neighbours will be massively affected too, as will the Balkans, and all the way down to Greece. Things are moving too slowly in Europe.
“I support, with the full force of my convictions, what the chancellor says: we need to solve the problem starting from Europe's external borders. Europe will find itself in an even bigger crisis.
"Why should we not arrange to meet European leaders, if the task is so urgent? We need to secure the Schengen external borders now. The solution to these problems must not fail due to a limitation of funds."