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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
#EUCO #Mercron For the first time in 5 years there will be a joint Franco-German press conference after a European Council meeting. Stay tuned for details
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Adelina Marini #EUCO #Merkel: If there is no guarantee for the four freedoms then this will have an impact on the future relations between the EU and UK. Then we will have to have a political debate with France and find a solution
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Adelina Marini
#EUCO Donald #Tusk: We urge the social media companies to help us fight online radicalisation. The leaders have also agreed to establish the Permanent Structured Cooperation. This is a great step
22 June 2017 17:41
Adelina Marini #EUCO #defense Jean-Claude #Juncker: The Permanent Structured Cooperation is the sleeping princess of the Lisbon Treaty. The princess is now awaking
22 June 2017 17:43
Adelina Marini
#EUCO #Bulgaria intends to apply to be host of both the EU agencies that are currently in the UK - the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority, said Prime Minister Boyko Borissov ahead of the summer EU summit. On the agenda is the issue of relocation of the two agencies after Brexit. Boyko Borissov said that Bulgaria will propose Sofia and Plovdiv as relocation options. The controversy surrounding this issue is the criteria upon which will be decided where the two agencies will be relocated. The criteria proposed by the Commission were rejected by the member states
22 June 2017 15:34
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