EU summit of unity assesses an uncertain future

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EU summit of unity assesses an uncertain future

The Associated Press

May 09, 2019 12:07 AM


A child walks by boards depicting the creation of the Bucharest EU Children Declaration, a call for EU leaders to make child participation a priority, by children supported by UNICEF in the Piata Mare square in the Transylvanian town of Sibiu, Romania, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. European Union leaders hold an EU summit in Sibiu on Thursday to start setting out a course for increased political cooperation in the wake of the impending departure of the United Kingdom from the bloc.

Vadim Ghirda

AP Photo

SIBIU, Romania

Even at a summit of unity, European Union leaders will always find something to disagree about.

The 27 EU nations, minus Britain, will be plotting a united way ahead in the wake of Brexit negotiations which have preoccupied the bloc for the past two years.

Britain is still nominally a member, but Prime Minister Theresa May is staying in London seeking a belated breakthrough to get the Brexit deal through the U.K. Parliament.

In the Romanian president’s hometown of Sibiu, the other EU leaders will be seeking to start dealing with the five-yearly rite of attributing top jobs, now that European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker are leaving later this year. It promises to be a mighty tussle.

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