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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.

31 January 2018 17:55 Will EU Miss the Window of Opportunity to Deepen the EMU?

In 2017, for the first time in five years, a rare opportunity opened to upgrade the euro area. With the election of Emmanuel Macron, UK's leaving and the good economic and fiscal conditions the reformist atmosphere of 2012 has returned. Back then a decision was taken to build a banking union. Fi ...

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

The migration crisis as well as the sprouting like mushrooms problems with the rule of law and with the European values in various corners of the EU have finally convinced European leaders that it is high time to start building a European identity. The issue has been circulating for a long time ...

4 January 2018 16:57 One Small Step in Defence, One Giant Leap for EU

The past 2017 will remain in the history of the European Union as one of the more significant integration years. In 2017, a decision was finally taken to establish a European Public Prosecutor's Office, which is a significant step in the so far taboo sphere of European integration. The year will ...

19 December 2017 15:06 Tusk vs Juncker on Migration

The closer the European elections are coming the intenser the inter-institutional conflict becomes, skillfully mitigated by genuine laughter and acid jokes. The winter EU summit in Brussels, on 14-15 December, was the first vivid clash between the leaders of two European institutions - the Europ ...

 
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