European Council president Donald Tusk speaking at a press conference in Brussels today.
It follows the EU last night agreeing to postpone Brexit until May 22 – as long as MPs in Westminster approve British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal next week.
If MPs don’t approve her deal, Britain will leave on April 12.
Ms May had sought an extension until June 30.
‘Hope dies last’ – Europe reflects on Brexit shambles after Brussels summit (The Irish Times)
Previously: Tusk Tusk
French President Emmanuel Macron
“What Europe is missing today is a common strategic culture. Our incapacity to act together in a convincing way undermines our credibility as Europeans.
“Europe as we know it is too weak, too slow and too inefficient.
“But only Europe can give us the means to act on the world stage as we tackle the great challenges of the day.”
Mr Macron called for the creation of an EU defence force by 2020 that would give the bloc “autonomous capacity for action” and proposed creating an European security training academy.
The centrist leader also proposed an EU tax on big technology companies and international action to regulate online activity.
There you go now.
Emmanuel Macron calls for EU army and shared defence budget (Independent.co.uk)
Previously: New European Order
Is the European Union worth it?
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“Euro sceptics out , etc. but this has been bugging me for days. They would have needed a ladder! By the American Embassy…”