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EU Strives for Unity Minus U.K. With Leaders Focused on Security

  • Merkel says bloc’s survival is at stake in wake of Brexit vote
  • Eastern EU countries to call for protection of free movement
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U.K. Locked Out of Summit as EU Heads Carry on Regardless

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Leaders of the European Union’s 27 nations minus the U.K. talked up the need to secure their borders to control immigration and curb terrorism as they began to chart a way forward in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the bloc.

As a summit in the Slovak capital Bratislava got under way, government chiefs attempted to put aside disagreements on the EU’s most pressing issues -- from how to cope with a record influx of refugees to boosting economic growth -- as they cast around for solutions to fight a surging wave of populism from Paris to Vienna that’s gnawing at the bloc’s liberal principles.