The leaders of the Netherlands and Luxembourg tell Kosovo and Serbia to normalize ties for EU hopes
The leaders of the Netherlands and Luxembourg say normalizing ties between Kosovo and Serbia would serve not only regional peace and stability but also their prospects of further integration into the European Union.
EXPLAINER: For UK and EU, Brexit has become a messy divorce
When Britons voted for Brexit in 2016, they were promised a smooth transition to a new economic relationship with the European Union. But I also did divorces as a lawyer, and it’s always difficult.”The messy EU-U.K. divorce has been years in the making. “Brexit was a mandate to leave the European Union. May eventually resigned in defeat after her Brexit deal was rejected by Parliament three times. For British Brexit supporters, controlling the nation’s waters is essential.
Elbows? Masks? Presents? Let this divisive EU summit begin!
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, so often a study in gravity at such meetings, was all merriment when she saw Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov with his mask slipped. Other leaders were trying out various versions of the elbow bump, with Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel almost turning it into an elbow duel. With 27 leaders coming in with diverse demands the two-day summit might not even be enough to settle their differences. Summit host and European Council President Charles Michel was first in the room, and was soon bumping elbows with Borissov and others as they arrived. European Parliament President David Sassoli first went for a zen-like bow but soon got his elbow out like his chums did.