All eyes will be on Bratislava castle (pictured right), and the EU's ability to move forward with Britain left out (Image credit: AFP)

Bratislava EU meeting: Merkel says bloc in 'critical situation'

The European Union is in a "critical situation", the German chancellor has said, as leaders meet in Slovakia to discuss ways to regain trust after the UK's vote to leave the bloc.

Angela Merkel said they needed to show they could improve on security, defence co-operation and the economy.

But EU countries are deeply divided over how to bolster growth and respond to the influx of migrants.

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