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Canada EU: diplomacy and recovery plan on the menu of an extraordinary summit

10:15  01 october  2020
10:15  01 october  2020 Source:   lepoint.fr

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Tensions in the Mediterranean between Turkey and two European states, Greece and Cyprus , are on the menu Thursday of the extraordinary EU summit devoted to international relations, which should also discuss the threats to the recovery plan buckled in pain in July. The heads of state and government will have a discussion entirely devoted to Turkey on Thursday evening, after the escalation of the summer against the backdrop of military maneuvers in Athens and Ankara, which are fighting over the deposits of hydrocarbons in the Mediterranean .

On the eve of this two-day summit which will begin Thursday afternoon, the President of the European Council, Charles Michel , called on Ankara to be “constructive” in the settlement of disputes with Athens and Nicosia over the delimitation of these areas, while waving the threat of sanctions against the Turkish regime. The way is narrow for the 27: they must not compromise the dialogue that Athens and Ankara have promised to resume. But they also intend to send a message of firmness to Recep Tayyip Erdogan and display their full solidarity with Athens and Cyprus.

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"There is a unanimous will to restore healthy relations with Turkey, but there are conditions", commented a European diplomat. "We have to find the right instruments, the right timetable and the right political message", he added. In the event of appeasement in the region, the EU says it is ready to resume discussions on the customs union with Turkey and the issuance of visas.

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The 27 consider Ankara's decision to bring in an oil research boat sent into Greek waters as positive. "But we have not seen the same arrangements vis-à-vis Cyprus," said a European official. “Today, the United States and Russia have drawn red lines with President Erdogan in the Aegean Sea, in Libya and even in Nagorno Karabakh. Only the Europeans have not done so for the moment and President Erdogan takes the opportunity to advance his pawns, ”argues Pierre Razoux, academic director of the Mediterranean Foundation for Strategic Studies.

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The position of the Europeans will be decisive in unblocking the sanctions against Belarus, ready for several weeks but blocked by Cyprus, which is demanding increased firmness against Ankara. "We must restore confidence in Cyprus to advance on Belarus", comments a European diplomat.

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The second day of the summit, Friday, will be devoted to the economy. It will be set against the backdrop of the difficult negotiations with the European Parliament to have the multiannual budget of 1 trillion euros approved and the borrowing capacity of 750 billion intended for the post-coronavirus recovery plan to get the European economies out of the recession. MEPs, opposed to drastic cuts in several programs, such as Erasmus, are calling for an increase of more than 100 billion euros. Unacceptable for the "frugal" (Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Austria).

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Elected officials are also dissatisfied with the provisions laid down on the conditionality of the payment of funds and respect for the rule of law, which they consider insufficient . The stakes are high while time is running out, insist the capitals. The subject is expected to be discussed informally on Thursday, during the meeting with the President of Parliament, the Italian David Sassoli.

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Last but not least, the leaders will be entitled to an update on Brexit and the state of negotiations on the post-divorce relationship with London. Ireland will express its concerns to its peers on Friday over the British bill which partly reverts to the divorce agreement over Northern Ireland, provisions intended to prevent a return of a border to the island . Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will not come to the top due to family mourning.

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