Debate on Macron’s plan:
EU leaders were to meet over dinner in Estonia on Thursday for a frank debate on the future of Europe, featuring first impressions of French President Emmanuel Macron’s new vision for the bloc.
Most of the European Union 28’s leaders are coming to Tallinn, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, although Brexit negotiations are not expected to be on the menu.
In a major speech in Paris on Tuesday, the 39-year old Macron called on his EU partners to recommit themselves to a stalled European project shackled by Brexit, the rise of populism and the migrant crisis.
His speech came days after German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the EU’s most powerful leader, won a fourth term in a vote which nevertheless saw historic inroads by the country’s hard-right.
Merkel and Macron were to meet face to face on Thursday ahead of the summit, the French presidency said.