German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz gave their analysis of Europe’s future during the Christian Democrat Union’s (CDU) Business Day conference in Berlin on Tuesday.

For Kurz the “tensions within the European Union” have intensified during the past years.

He stressed that Europe should present a united front and said that peace within the continent “will be possible with and not against Russia.”

Kurz went on to say that the EU played a vital role in Austria having “a strong voice in interactions with superpowers like the USA or Russia.”

Merkel believed the solution to illegal migration within the European Union “might become the fateful question for the cohesion of Europe.”

The Christian Democrat Union (CDU) Business Day forum is held annually in Berlin. It attracts national and international companies interested in the future of the German and global economy.

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