"Repair the roof while the sun is shining."

European Summit of the 14/15th December 2017

Also available in Deutsch

"We started repairing our roof. But we have to finish this job (...) as long as the sun is shining, " EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said this in his State of the Union speech in Strasbourg this year. The last European Council summit of the year on 14 and 15 December 2017 was under this star.

Half a year after the start of the Brexit negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom, the heads of state and government decided on the second phase of the negotiations. The summit was also marked by the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), which was recently adopted officially and in which the Member States work together for the first time in a permanent military milieu. The crucial issues for the future of the EU, migration and Economic and Monetary Union, have been discussed controversially. Concise decisions in these areas should be taken in the first half of 2018.

The full report is written in German.


Dr. Hardy Ostry, Johanna Fleger, Oliver Morwinsky, Mathias Koch

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