The four European leaders met a few hours before a crucial phone call between Boris Johnson and Ursula von der Leyen on post-Brexit negotiations.
UA videoconference brought together German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and EU leaders Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel on Monday, at a time when negotiations on a post-Brexit agreement are slipping, we learned from European source.
This discussion took place three days before a summit in Brussels, and a few hours before a crucial telephone interview between British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who were due to take stock from 5 p.m. 4:00 p.m. GMT) on post-Brexit negotiations.
Brexit, pandemic, budget, terrorism, Turkey …
The four leaders discussed the topics on the agenda of the summit on Thursday and Friday in Brussels: in addition to Brexit, it concerns the pandemic, the blocking of the multi-year budget and the recovery plan by Hungarian and Polish vetoes, a common objective on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, the fight against terrorism and tensions with Turkey.
On Brexit, tensions had appeared last week between the Twenty-Seven, some member states fearing that too large concessions would be made to wrest an agreement with London.