April 21, 2016 / 4:11 PM / 2 years ago

If Europe can't protect external borders, internal market will suffer: Merkel

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that if Europe did not succeed in securing its borders, the bloc’s internal market would suffer.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a statement on Turkey's request to seek prosecution of German comedian Jan Boehmermann who read out a sexually crude poem about Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on German television, at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany April 15, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

“If we can’t protect our external borders then it could lead to a serious disturbance of our internal market. Either Europeans protect the external borders or we take a big step backwards,” she said at a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in Eindhoven.

Reporting by Thomas Escritt and Tom Koerkemeier; Writing by Michelle Martin; Editing by Michael Nienaber

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