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None of the other EPP leaders present at the meeting confronted Hungary’s prime minister directly in their own remarks. German leader Merkel  again repeated her defence of EU refugee policies and defended the deal with Turkey which has closed the western Balkan route for migrants and asylum seekers trying to reach the EU. But she didn’t say anything about the tens of thousands stranded in camps in Greece before the deal was struck; nor about the East-European Visegrad countries (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Czech Republic) refusing to agree with the European Commission’s proposal to find a place for the refugees  in the EU member states. Enda Kenny, Ireland’s prime minister, could only muster the cliché that to aid those in need is a core European value: ’we comfort the dispossessed and welcome the stranger’… That helps!

Viktor Orban, EPP’s tolerated maverick…

A week after the EU United show in Rome, Hungary's prime minister Viktor Orban, reopened old wounds, criticising EU policies on the refugee crisis that, he said, had aided terrorists and threatened the European 'Christian identity'

Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam PVV (Party for Freedom) ended in second place. It won 5 seats and went from 15 to 20 and Wilders is considered to be the one who lost the election. But from who or what did he lose? From polls and prognoses! Nobody in The Netherlands expected that PVV should become the biggest party; nobody, including his own supporters and probably not even the man himself, expected that Wilders would become the next prime-minister.

Did Wilders really lose?

It is not often in politics that you can lose the elections and still call yourself a winner. That's what happened to Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte

Margaritis Schinas, the European Commission chief spokesman, said that the Barroso doctrine would apply if Scotland was to become independent, which would mean “If a country becomes independent it is a new state and has to negotiate with the EU.”

Scotland: part of EFTA instead of EU membership?

Last week Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans for the Scottish Parliament to vote on whether the executive should seek a Section 30 order to allow Scotland to legislate for a referendum

Timmermans has accused Poland of deploying ‘alternative facts’ to justify the changes and has sought a signal from Poland that it would change course. The Polish government accused the VP of trampling over Poland’s sovereignty.

Timmermans will lose his battle with Poland

At a time when the EU is confronted with many very serious crises, the European Commission is spending its energy on a dispute with one of the member states, Poland

It looks like British Prime Minister Theresa May can pull the trigger for Article 50 in the beginning of March. Then the real task begins. The forthcoming negotiations could get ‘nasty and acrimonious’. Don’t underestimate the rancour and thirst of revenge on EU side. The result of the Brexit referendum was for Europhiles and Eurocrats a slap in the face.

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