There’s a second as EU leaders gather in Brussels, when journalists receive a message, normally in a lull in proceedings, together with all the culinary delights that politicians will probably be appreciated in their functioning dinner.
Gone, also, would be the Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the back-slapping, red rugs, and escape into the airport following late-night summits.
From the coronavirus entire world, EU Council meetings have rather turned out to be much briefer, conducted through video conference without a three-course wine and meal to make the talks more palatable.
However, the choices being made haven’t become any less severe. If anything, it is rather the contrary. Attention turned into a much longer, much larger recovery program.
The EU has managed to think of a potential alternative: utilizing the EU funds to transfer cash to all those parts of Europe who require it all. Ursula Von Der Leyen made it crystal clear it wouldn’t be measured in billions but instead make greater than a trillion euros. Though exactly just how much – and what percent will be simple grants – will be in the origin of controversial choices yet to be made.
What was noteworthy about this EU summit, however, was after months of unfavorable remarks, apologies, and even concentrate on the so-called North/south split, there was a decision to have an agreed strategy. Even if this plan was supposed to discuss it afterward.
It’s enabled Italy’s Prime Minister, that has been publicly critical, to assert that this was”a significant landmark in European history”. That matters. Since Euroscepticism has jeopardized, Rome had a win that was perceived.
Deep branches do nevertheless remain and there is, finally, no arrangement on the dining table. Yesterday, by almost any EU summit step – it could not be branded a resounding success. And since Angela Merkel has repeatedly cautioned this is”only the start.” We are going to be living with this virus and its implications for a while to come.
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