Gianni Pitella, leader of the socialist group in the European Parliament, claimed the attack’s on the Belgian capital’s metro system and airport showed the need for even closer intergration of the 28 member nations of the bloc.
He also called for a “European Intelligence Agency” to be set up to strengthen the EU’s defences against extremists.
Critics warned that his outburst laid bare the ambitions for an European super-state held by many EU supporters and highlighted the long-term dangers of Britain staying tied to Brussels.
Mr Pitella’s remarks came in an interview with the EU news website Euractiv.
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