De­bate on Macron’s plan:

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL | WORLD NEWS ROUNDUP -

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.

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