Leaders The European UnionThey will convene today (Thursday) and tomorrow for an informal emergency summit at the Palace of Versailles, once the continent’s media have defined it as a “tectonic change” for the continent due to the war in Ukraine. They will try to promote a more cohesive EU, more committed to security and deterrence and more independent in terms of energy and trade. The choice of place, where the new world order was created between the two world wars, was made by France, the interim president of the European Union until the spring.
Charles Charles the Belgian, rThe European Council Fire – the body that coordinates heads of state – presented the main points in a public letter to leaders published even before their meeting. The millions of refugees who are now flooding Eastern Europe, making their way west, the security and armaments they have declared one after another the member states of the union, and the energetic independence to which the union is only now striving, after a sharp change of direction in recent weeks.
France is also reportedly planning a small ambush for European leaders. After its demand for a fiscal union of the union (to which Germany opposed) progressed significantly due to the corona plague – with the decision to establish a European “solidarity fund” backed by the member states – French President Emmanuel Macron will try to go one step further. According to reports, Macron intends to offer an extension of this fund – an extension of Europe’s joint debt – to fund dealing with the consequences of the war in Ukraine. The Germans have announced in advance that this is a “non-starter” for talks, and that they will not be willing to discuss it, but the dynamics of recent days show that there is no issue that can be left out of discussions when it comes to the war in Ukraine.
The new Versailles Declaration, which is already circulating among the Chambers of Customs, speaks of “strengthening Europe’s security capabilities”, “reducing the Union’s energy dependence” and “strengthening the economic base”, a code for greater European independence in goods and food. The leaders will also discuss Ukraine’s urgent request to join the bloc, which was backed by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zalansky in a moving speech to the European Parliament, but is not expected to do so. “This is a matter for the future,” senior European officials said. Ukraine’s accession now is an intervention in the war, and a move that is likely to upset Russia perhaps even more than the arms supply that is constantly flowing to Ukraine through Poland.
The nature of the union is that it merges from crisis to crisis. The UK retirement led to a tightening of pro-integration lines, the corona crisis led for the first time to a joint debt takeover. Now, the war in Ukraine has proven that the Union can act as one body whenever it wants, under certain circumstances. All the countries that have stuck sticks in the wheels on refugee issues, policies vis-à-vis Russia or energy – have been drawing an unusual line in recent weeks. They unanimously voted for common sanctions, for the adoption of a comprehensive policy to open the gates to Ukrainian refugees. They have presented a united front towards Russia and with the United States, raising the possibility of a stronger-than-ever EU. Right now. Some see Russian President Vladimir Putin as the creator of a new and cohesive EU.