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The December EU Summit 2016 Is a Minefield

The agenda of the last summit for this year is literally spilling over with issues. Moreover, most of them have the potential to create tensions and conflicts. As a high placed EU source described it, the December European Council is a minefield. The issues where something can go wrong are so many. With the biggest potential for a conflict is Ukraine, followed by migration and Turkey. President Donald Tusk is making a second attempt to bring order into EU summits. The meeting will be just a day - 15 December - as most issues will be compressed during the lunch and the afternoon session. Among the other topics on the agenda are also the implementation of the Bratislava declaration, the defense union, Brexit, the situation in Syria.

2 January 2017 14:45 EU Has Lost Its Transformative Power. Enlargement Hits a Dead End

For the first time in the recent history of EU enlargement the year ended without conclusions for the candidate countries. This is one of the biggest news of the December European Council, held on 15 December in Brussels. Traditionally, every December, the leaders of the member states ...

14 December 2016 19:57 The December European Council - Another Toxic EU Summit

So little is expected of the EU and the atmosphere is so volatile! This year’s summarising Union summit will be just one day, but the programme is full of subjects which can turn very wrong. The only chance of success is in the meagre Bratislava declaration, on the impl ...

15 December 2016 20:23 Boyko Borissov: Not only Russia Is to Blame for Syria, but the USA too

Bulgaria's resigned Prime Minister Boyko Borissov confirmed during the summit in Brussels that there are expectations for the sanctions against Russia to be silently extended due to the non-compliance with the Minsk agreements with Ukraine. Boyko Borissov warned that a very clear distinctio ...

 
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Adelina Marini
The European Commission is about to announce its decision whether to recommend stripping #Poland of its voting rights in the Council because of the systemic undermining of the rule of law. Stay tuned for live updates
20 December 2017 12:23
Adelina Marini #ruleoflaw Timmermans: We cannot take into account how some people will react if there is a clear legal need to act
20 December 2017 13:30
Adelina Marini
#EUCO This afternoon, in Brussels, will begin the last EU summit this year. It will be the first that will work on Donald Tusk's Leaders' Agenda (details in the link below). In his agenda two topics are planned for the December European Council - migration and the future of the EMU. Both have already created strong tensions between Tusk and the Commission after the European Council president came up with documents of his own, which are much more reduced than those of the Commission, and reactions in the building across the street were furious. The leaders will mark the launch by 25 member states of PESCO at a special ceremony today. Leaders will be joined by NATO secretary general to discuss EU-NATO cooperation. Leaders are also expected to extend sanctions against Russia after hearing a report by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on the implementation of the Minsk agreements. Progress on the Brexit negotiations will be discussed on Friday. This is one of the toxic issues on the agenda. On Friday will take place also the expanded euro area summit, which is open for non-euro countries as well. Stay tuned for details and live updates throughout the day and tomorrow! euinsi.de/0Dcy
14 December 2017 10:17
Adelina Marini #EUCO Juncker: I'm sure Avramopoulos's words are a misunderstanding and we should not pay so much attention
15 December 2017 14:49
Adelina Marini
During a hearing at the economic committee of EP #Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem paid tribute to #Greece for the impressive implementation of the 3rd bailout programme
7 December 2017 09:19
Adelina Marini #Eurogroup Dijsselbloem: I remember when #Germany as the sick man of Europe but they did significant reforms. I'd tell the Germans that this impact won't last forever
7 December 2017 11:02
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