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The December European Council 2017: Institution Wars

Expectations for the last EU summit for the year ran high. This was supposed to be the summit that would have at least the same, or even bigger ambition than the 2012 June European Council, when crucial decisions for the development of the euro area were taken. Instead, the summit was reduced to a Christmas party for the leaders.

Nevertheless, there were several things that will make this summit worth remembering. It was the first that worked on Donald Tusk's Leaders' Agenda, which is both a failure and success. Two were the discussions on the agenda for December - migration and the future of the euro area.

The 14-15 December summit was also the first to take decisions on rolling sanctions against Russia in full unity an without any disputes.

It was at this summit that, for the first time ever, official conclusions were adopted on education and culture. This issue has never before reached the EU top political level.

This summit also put formally an end of phase one of the Brexit negotiations.

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19 December 2017 15:06 Tusk vs Juncker on Migration

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21 December 2017 14:24 EU Starts Building a European Identity

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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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