European Union: 'Tense' summit discussed by commentator
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European Union leaders were reportedly engaged in late-night arguments during a frosty Brussels summit. Saturday’s crunch meeting failed to repair the growing rift between the member states over Poland and the rule of law. RT’s Charlotte Dubenskij reported that the war of words became so heated during the tense talks that the Prime Minister of Slovakia was forced to intervene to cool tempers.
RT correspondent Charlotte Dubenskij reported: “EU leaders debating late into the night over those difficult topics so much so that the usual press conference after the first day of the council was cancelled.
“One official saying that row about Poland, and this rule of law and whether a country’s law takes precedence or not over EU law was so tense that the Slovak Prime Minister actually had to intervene at one point, to calm the situation down.
“But we won’t know exactly who said what, because the usual details or record taking has been forgone at this time for all generic note, making make of that what you want.
“Now the sparring though had already began before the leaders even sat down at the table.
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“The Polish Prime Minister on his arrival at that summit making clear that his country’s position was firm, and it will not be backing down.
She added: “Now we understand that there won’t be any official mention of that debate over Poland from the European Council but unofficially, we know that the council president Charles Michelle says that he believes the primacy of EU law is fundamental.
“So this is an issue that will continue to tear away at EU member states.”
It comes after EU officials were mocked after a similar Brussels summit on migration left European political pundits asking: “What was actually achieved?”
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“There appear to be a lot of unsolved problems still on the table, what did this summit achieve in the end?”, asked DW News anchor Michael Okwu.
DW News correspondent Babara Wesel replied: “Nothing much really Michael because there are points in the history of the EU, where everything stalls, where the problems seem to be intractable, and where the leaders of governments find it impossible to move on.
“I mean they did agree on condemning Lukashenko for funnelling migrants into the European Union but that was pretty much it.
“The other big issue, distribution of migrants within Europe, or the energy crisis that was put off till the next summit in December, and the big fight about the rule of law, that didn’t advance at all during those discussions.”
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EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen joined the European heads of nations for a two-day debate on how to take the growing migrant crisis along the EU’s easter border.
Germany has blamed Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko for plotting to trigger another European migrant crisis amid an ongoing border row with Poland.
Belarus has been accused of shipping refugees to the country’s western border with Poland where a stand-off has erupted between Warsaw and Minsk.
The head of the German Federal Police has warned that all the warning signs point to a 2015 style migration crisis.
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