The European Union committed 50 million euros to help the countries of West Africa's Sahel region set up a multinational force to combat Islamist militant groups.
EU officials do acknowledge that the agreements to be reached before Britain leaves in March 2019 can only be concluded as a whole package simultaneously.
Germany any and Austria condemned a proposed expansion of US sanctions on Russia.
Kohl’s Christian Democratic Union party posted on Twitter: “We are in sorrow. #RIP #HelmutKohl.”
The French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has been stripped of her immunity from prosecution in the European Parliament.