- Italy ‘Puts a Knife’ to EU Throat as New Government WREAKS HAVOC at First Major Summit
by JOE BARNES, BRUSSELS CORRESPONDENT, https://www.express.co.uk/
THE new Italian Government have arrived in Brussels and kicked up a storm at their first major meeting of European Union leaders potentially delaying the talks until the early hours by “blocking all the summit conclusions”.
A Senior EU official has confirmed Rome is behind the stalled talks in the Belgian capital after a press conference, featuring Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Tusk and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov. Express.co.uk has learned Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has blocked all of the summit conclusions – not just those on migration, which has not even been discussed by leaders of the EU28.
The last time a European Council summit ended with no agreed conclusions was March 2017, which means leaders could be stuck in meetings until the early hours as they struggle to reach an agreement. An EU diplomat said Rome is “putting a knife on the member states throat” over migration even before the subject is discussed by heads of state.