EU backs tighter borders and online terror rules

Brussels: European Union ministers agreed Friday to reinforce security at the bloc's external borders and to impose tougher controls on violent extremism online. The governments met after the latest extremist attacks in France, Germany and Austria to review plans for a more coordinated EU anti-terrorism policy. The interior ministers said they hope to finalise negotiations with the EU Commission and Parliament on a new law to control online content before the end of the year. "The aim is to enable issuing removal orders with cross-border effect to create a new and rapid and effective instrument to counter terrorist content online within an hour or less of its being reported," a statement said. And, while they said border security would ultimately remain the responsibility of member states, they hacked efforts to build coordinated EU security databases. - AFP