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European leaders to discuss initiative against Islamist extremism - sources

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a protective mask as she arrives before the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin, Germany, November 4, 2020. Kay Nietfeld/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will take part in a phone call with other European leaders to discuss an initiative against Islamist extremism on Tuesday, two participants in a call with her CDU party leadership said.

Austria and France have been hit by deadly attacks in recent weeks, which their leaders have described as “terrorist” acts.

Participants in the call will include France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, EU Commission leader Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, the sources told Reuters on Monday.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke and Caroline Copley; writing by Kirsti Knolle; editing by Thomas Seythal