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Summary

  1. German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier made a scheduled appearance before the Foreign Affairs Committee.
  2. It came as the EU continues to struggle with Europe’s migration crisis, and follows the terror attacks in Paris on Friday, in which 129 people were killed.

Live Reporting

By Paul Seddon

All times stated are UK

  1. Meeting ends

    Closing the hearing, committee chair and German Christian Democrat Elmar Brok says that progress made against IS by Kurdish Peshmerga shows that "something is possible if supply lines are open".

    He adds that it is important not to connect refugees with terrorism, noting that refugees are "victims of terrorism". 

    And with that, this meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee comes to an end. 

  2. EU states should have 'different points of focus'

    In his reply, Mr Steinmeier says he agrees that EU solidarity "must not be confined to words", noting that EU nations are in a "similar situation" when it comes to the threat posed by IS. 

    In reply to some of the questions about a military response, he says that neither France "nor other Nato members" believe that a Nato intervention against the group would help. 

    He adds, however, that Arab states must be brought to "make a greater commitment" to tackling the group in the region, and that even with military intervention, the EU would still have to go on the "long and difficult route" to find an eventual political solution. 

    He tells MEPs that different EU states should not all have the same response, but should have "different points of focus" to match "complexity of the challenge". 

    Steinmeier
  3. 'Active solidarity'

    French centre-right MEP Arnaud Danjean asks what Germany can do to show more "active solidarity" with France. 

    In particular, he asks whether the country might take an increased military role, given that it has one of the biggest military budgets in the EU. 

    Labour MEP Afzal Khan says that the attacks in Paris show the need to reinforce the EU's external borders, but also the need for intelligence services in different EU countries to share information. 

    He says he welcomes German commitments for increased support for Kurdish peshmerga fighters fighting against Islamic State (IS) group in Iraq. 

    Labour MEP Afzal Khan
    Image caption: Labour MEP Afzal Khan
  4. The 'end of Schengen'?

    UK Conservative MEP Charles Tannock asks what the attacks mean for the EU's passport-free Schengen area, given reports that one or more of the attackers may have got to France having entered the EU via Greece. 

    He also asks what this means for Germany's open policy towards taking large numbers of Syrian refugees. 

    UKIP MEP James Carver asks very similar questions, asking Mr Steinmeier whether the attacks "effectively mean the end of Schengen". 

    Charles Tannock
    Image caption: Charles Tannock
  5. Question on 'solidarity clause'

    Romanian centre-right MEP Cristian Dan Preda says that EU solidarity over the Paris attacks must "go beyond fine words".

    To this end, he asks Mr Steinmeier what he thinks of the possibility of invoking Article 222 of the EU's treaties, known as the "solidarity clause", which allows for the EU to use "all the instruments at its disposal" to assist a member state affected by an act of terror. 

    Cristian Dan Preda
  6. Political solution in Syria

    Frank-Walter Steinmeier begins the hearing by telling MEPs that he was in the Stade de France, outside which three suicide bombers blew themselves up on Friday night. 

    He tells the committee that it is important to "think for a minute" before giving answers to questions about what should happen next. 

    He adds that military action on its own will never be enough to overcome terrorism. 

    Turning to diplomatic efforts to find a political solution to the civil war in Syria, he says that work must continue towards a solution that allows "ethnic and religious groups to work together" in the country. 

    Frank-Walter Steinmeier
  7. Meeting begins

    Elmar Brok and Frank-Walter Steinmeier
    Image caption: German Christian Democrat and committee chair Elmar Brok (left) introduces Mr Steinmeier to MEPs
  8. Good afternoon

    Hello and welcome to coverage of this meeting of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, who are today holding a hearing with German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

    This scheduled appearance before MEPs comes as EU leaders continue to struggle with Europe’s migration crisis.

    It also follows the terror attacks last Friday in Paris, in which 129 people were killed.

    Earlier this month, EU states agreed an action plan for relations with Turkey, which it is hoped will ease the flow of migrants to Europe.