A difficult European Council

A difficult European Council

Today was the first day of a complicated European Council, days after a majority of British citizens voted to leave the European Union. We discussed at length with Prime Minister David Cameron the result of the vote, and the work ahead. We will continue tomorrow, and for the first time there will only be 27 Member States. Great Britain has a duty to provide some certainty to its citizens and to the 440 million other Europeans inside our Union (here is the video of my doorstep on arrival at the Council).

But the Council has also decided to move on with the migration compacts – and I was asked to coordinate their implementation. And more: we discussed European economic perspectives together with ECB President Mario Draghi, and our relationship with NATO together with Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, after the work we have done to prepare next week’s summit in Warsaw. Our Union’s role in the world was also part of our discussion when I presented the Global Strategy for foreign and security policy to the Heads of State and Government.

I also talked about the Strategy, and the future of our Union, in these interviews – by Corriere della SeraLe Monde and Süddeutsche Zeitung.