Donald Tusk urges “honest look” at E.U. problems

Sep 16, 2016, 5:28 AM EDT
European Council President Donald Tusk
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Addressing the reporters on the eve of a special E.U. summit in Bratislava, the European Council President Donald Tusk urged the European Union leaders to take a “brutally honest” look at the bloc’s problem in the aftermath of Britain’s decision to leave the organization. With dwindling finances, rising unemployment and a string of extremist attacks in the member states, the E.U. grapples with the challenge of proving itself a relevant force today.

The summit is likely to center on “diagnosing the causes of the Brexit,” as E.U. members remain split on how to address the issues of faltering economy, weakening security and the high influx of migrants, writes the BBC.

The summit comes after Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn demanded that Hungary must be expelled from the E.U. as the country treats asylum seekers “worse than animals,” reports The Guardian.  

“Intractable differences” on big issues, such as migrant crisis, are likely to force the leaders to restrict discussion to areas where there is common ground, which include closer defense cooperation, stimulating growth, creating jobs, boosting E.U. investment fund and securing the bloc’s external frontiers, notes Reuters.

Mujtaba Rahman of political risk consultancy, Eurasia, believes that the summit may fail to achieve anything substantial and might end up exposing the weaknesses of its most important leaders, which include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Italy's Matteo Renzi.