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Comment: EU summit on recovery package puts unity to the test

As the leaders’ talks continue into an unscheduled fourth day to get a deal across the line, it is clear there are no easy answers and Micheál Martin will have to work hard to find some good news to bring home

20th July, 2020
Taoiseach Micheál Martin is attending his first EU leaders‘ summit, amid disagreement over the shape of the Covid-19 recovery plan. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty

An impasse at the EU summit was inevitable; the leaders hadn’t seen each other for months and the world is a different place to the one they ruled the last time they sat together.

Back then, nothing could have shifted Brexit from the agenda. Now the B word is anteroom material as leaders spent the weekend grappling with how to rescue the ailing EU economy in the wake of Covid-19.

The wrangling continued...

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