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V4 united but EU in limbo after Brussels summit

Thursday’s EU summit in Brussels failed to find a compromise regarding the new leaders of the union, but the Visegrád Four group remains a tight-knit unit, conservative news portal Origo reports.

Donald Tusk, Polish President of the European Council announced late on Thursday that the meeting failed to reach a conclusion and that EU leaders will reconvene on June 30th. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was somewhat more pessimistic, saying that a crisis must be averted while Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said there was no progress at the meeting and he doubts the next one will yield a solution.

Merkel also said that until the next summit Tusk will continue negotiations with the various factions of the European Parliament to facilitate progress.

After the failed summit Hungarian government spokesman István Hollik told Hungarian television that the V4 leaders are “now more united than they have been five years ago”, adding that none of the group supports the candidacy of CDU’s Manfred Weber to head the European Commission.

Merkel – previously a strong supporter of Weber – told journalists that she would only comment on Weber once the “process has been completed”.

But perhaps the most interesting development was that after the meeting French President Emmanuel Macron said that he wouldn’t be opposed to a German candidate to the Commission Presidency, provided that candidate is Angela Merkel.

Title image: V4 Prime Ministers at the EU summit in Brussels. L to R: Peter Pellegrini (Slovakia), Andrej Babiš (Czech Republic), Mateusz Morawieczki (Poland) and Viktor Orbán (Hungary). Source: MTI/Balázs Szecsődi.

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