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Germany's Merkel urges European border reform after terrorist attacks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a protective mask before a statement on the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential election in Berlin, Germany, November 9, 2020. Michael Kappeler/Pool via REUTERS/Files

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said it was urgently necessary for Europe to reform the open-border Schengen area in light of recent terrorist attacks.

“I want to mention the entry-exit system in the Schengen area, which should be ready in 2022,” she said after a meeting with other European leaders on Tuesday.

“It is vitally necessary to know who comes in and who leaves the Schengen area.”

Reporting by Paul Carrel, Thomas Escritt Joseph Nasr; Writing by Maria Sheahan