VALLETTA – Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said Friday that US President Donald Trump’s controversial politics could be a catalyst for a stronger and more united Europe, reports China’s Xinhua news agency.

“Trump is a wake-up call for Europe, his politics could be a catalyst for us to reunite Europe,” said Kern, who is in Valletta for an informal summit of the EU.

“We have many common issues to support this (unity),” he added.

The informal European Union (EU) summit in Malta is the first meeting of the leaders of the 28-member bloc after Trump was sworn in. It is an occasion for EU leaders to discuss the bloc’s future following the June 23 Brexit referendum.

The leaders will discuss the migration crisis amid warnings of more people trying to reach Europe through the dangerous Central Mediterranean route from Libya. – BERNAMA

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