The Big Picture

Vincent Boland: The rising enemy from within poses greatest threat to EU unity

EU leaders will meet in Brussels this week, where the agenda could hardly be more pressing nor the backdrop more gloomy

Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán

At least twice in the past few years, President Emmanuel Macron of France has attempted the seemingly impossible.

In 2017 he invited Donald Trump to be the guest of honour at the Bastille Day parade in Paris, and to persuade the newly elected US leader that Europe was not the enemy.

And just before Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the French leader went to Moscow to try to get Vladimir Putin to stay ...