The EU summit began yesterday (Thursday) in Brussels with the three main agendas “energy crisis, Poland dispute and refugee issue”.
At what is expected to be the last EU summit with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the heads of government of the member states face major challenges.
According to France 24, the summit of EU member states will take place in a sensitive atmosphere. The meeting, which will last until today, Friday, will deal with a number of sensitive issues, including the energy crisis, the Polish dispute and migration. In particular, Europe’s leaders are concerned about rapidly rising energy prices. More and more of them are calling for a European solution.
The second major issue is the rule of law problem with Poland.
At the beginning of October, the Polish Constitutional Court had questioned the primacy of EU law. The Polish prime minister is under particular criticism after his appearance in the European Parliament. Morawiecki had accused the EU of blackmail and categorically rejected the withdrawal of the controversial judicial reforms.
And the third major issue is the migration issue: although the number of new migrants to EU member states in 2020 fell significantly compared with the previous year, it is rising again this year. For example, most of the migrants who managed to reach Germany this year came from Belarus. Some speculate that Belarus has accelerated the deportation of illegal immigrants to Germany.
Germany has increased the capacity of its refugee camp near the Polish border to accommodate illegal immigrants. “We have increased the capacity of the camp to another 5,000 people,” a camp official said.