On September 16, 2016 the leaders of 27 EU countries met in Bratislava for an informal meeting. While the reactions of EU leaders on the outcomes of the Bratislava Summit are mixed and not everyone stuck to the EU;s solidarity script, the leaders officially adopted the Bratislava declaration and roadmap, which outline the EU directions for the upcoming months.
Milan Nič, head of the Europe program at GLOBSEC Policy Institute, summarizes the outcomes of the Bratislava Summit: “most leaders and governments are in a survival mode and weak, therefore there’s an overwhelming focus on domestic agendas across the EU.”
“At the same time, you have mounting divisions on multiple levels and crises that push various groups of countries in one way or another,” Nič said. “So it is important there is now a projection of agreement and consensus on three or four areas.”
Furthermore, holding the summit in Bratislava also sent an important message, Nič said. “It means Europeans getting together in Eastern Europe in a new member state capital, in the Visegrad capital and projecting unity in the interest of all us.”
Read the full article by David M. Herszenhorn at POLITICO: Europe’s ‘play it safe’ summit