EU chief Tusk: No new centralized powers to deal with crises

20 Septembre, 2016, 04:41 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • EU chief Tusk: No new centralized powers to deal with crises

Tusk's comments, made as he entered the lion's den with a visit to Warsaw and a later trip to Budapest to meet Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, underscore public divisions ahead of the Bratislava summit.

"We believe that changes in the European Union are certainly necessary and should be initiated with the forthcoming summit", said Bochenek. "The consultations that we had with various countries show that many nations expect a new consensus and want to close the topic that brought many political tensions while failing to bring practical effects".

The five-page invitation letter was sent to leaders on Tuesday, on the eve of the annual State of the Union address by European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker to the European Parliament in Strasbourg. And he said the answers the member states seek now run counter to the long-held dream of an ever-closer union, and for some, a federalist super state.

A Golden Retriever and his owners reunited Friday, nine days after the dog was buried in rubble left when a 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook Italy on Aug. 24.

Former Polish premier Tusk added that the bloc must be less "politically correct" and protect Europeans worried about terrorism, security and globalisation in the wake of Britain's vote to leave. "It's not just another crisis, it might be an existential crisis" for the EU.

Britain still has to officially trigger the exit negotiations and Juncker said "we would be happy if the request for Brexit could happen as quickly as possible so that we could take the specific steps which need to happen".

In the letter, Mr Tusk tried to rally leaders behind the main agenda points, addressing the migrant crisis, enhancing security cooperation to combat terrorism and improving economic security.

Italy's fire and rescue service, Vigili del Fuoco, shared video of the rescue on social media.

In these troubled times, though, with Merkel under pressure for her welcoming migration policy and Hollande for his sputtering economy, the aura of both has dimmed.

Meanwhile extremist attacks in Paris, Brussels and Germany combined with the lack of intelligence-sharing between member countries have fueled the fears of citizens for their safety and undermined confidence that the EU can provide a solution.

Der Spiegel, for its part, warned of the implications of Brexit and of the September 9 Athens summit between France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Malta, in a piece titled "The New Strength of Club Med".

Berlin had, it concluded, "due to the Brexit lost a powerful ally, Britain", strengthening calls from southern European countries for a loosening of EU austerity policies dictated from Berlin.

"We need a strong, stable and united Europe".

Foreign ministers from Austria and Germany also immediately rejected Asselborn's call.

"It is also true that the Brexit vote is a desperate attempt to answer the questions that millions of Europeans ask themselves daily", including those about security, sovereignty, cultural heritage and way of life, Tusk wrote.