EU summit in Brussels

EU summit in Brussels

The EU summit in Brussels that took place last weekend saw France and Germany moving closer together. French President Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel stood side by side at an end-of-summit news conference sending a message of unity. With that the distrust between Paris and Berlin that prevented close cooperation in past years might come to an end leaving the two countries leading post-Brexit Europe.

First however, Macron has to deliver on his plans to reform the French economy and Merkel has to win a fourth term in September and convince conservative allies to work with the centrist Macron, who brings new visions for Europe with him. He pressed the other leaders to embrace a more ambitious approach to European defence cooperation. Furthermore, he said he will not shy away from confronting countries like Poland or Hungary or China and the US if they do not respect European values or do not play fair on trade.

Angela Merkel backed up all the ideas Macron brought forward during the summit in Brussels. But officials from Britain and the US expressed their concern regarding the new duo. Britain fears a more confident Europe could be a tougher counterpart in the Brexit negotiations. The US on the other hand showed concern that a bolder Europe might end up defining itself in opposition to Washington.

Another important issue during the summit was the fate of the around three million EU citizens living in Britain after Brexit is through. May promised that no one would be forced to leave and offered permanent rights over healthcare, education, welfare and pensions. But she did not say when the cut-off date would be and left the leaders not really satisfied with her plan in general as many of them deemed it too vague. It is a first step but a lot of work is still to come.

summit (ˈsʌmɪt) – der Gipfel

unity (ˈju:nəti) – die Einheit

distrust (dɪˈstrʌst) – das Misstrauen

to prevent (prɪˈvent) – etw verhindern, etw vorbeugen

to deliver (dɪˈlɪvəʳ) – etw liefern, einlösen

economy (ɪˈkɒnəmi) – die Wirtschaft

to convince (kənˈvɪn(t)s) – jdn überzeugen

to press so (pres) – jdn drängen,

to embrace (ɪmˈbrs) – umarmen, hier: eine Idee aufgreifen, etw annehmen

ambitious (æmˈbɪʃəs) – ehrgeizig

approach (əˈprəʊ) – der Ansatz, das Vorgehen

to shy away (ʃ əˈw) – etw scheuen, vor etw zurückschrecken

value (ˈvælju: ) – der Wert, die Bedeutung

trade (trd) – der Handel

to back up (bæk ʌp) – hier: jdn unterstützen, jdn bekräftigen

to express (ɪkˈspres) – etw ausdrücken, etw aussprechen

concern (kənˈsɜ:n) – die Sorge

regarding (rɪˈgɑ:dɪŋ) – bezüglich, im Hinblick auf etw

confident (ˈkɒnfɪdənt) – zuversichtlich, selbstsicher

tough (tʌf) – robust, streng

counterpart (ˈkntəʳpɑ:t) – das Gegenstück, der Gegenüber

negotiation (nɪˌgəʊʃiˈʃən) – die Verhandlung, die Aushandlung

bold (bəʊld) – mutig, forsch

opposition (ˈɒpəˈzɪʃən) – der Widerstand, der Gegensatz

issue (ˈɪʃu: ) – das Thema, die (Streit)Frage

fate (ft) – das Schicksal, das Geschick

citizen (ˈsɪtɪzən) – der/die Bürger/in

to force (fɔ:s) – jdn zwingen

healthcare (helθ kʳ) – das Gesundheitswesen, die Gesundheitspflege

education (ˌeʤʊˈkʃən) – die Bildung

welfare (ˈwelfʳ) – das Wohlergehen, die Sozialhilfe

pension (ˈpen(t)ʃən) – die Rente

cut-off date (kʌtf dt) – der Stichtag, der Abgrenzungstermin

satisfied (ˈsætɪsfd) – zufrieden

to deem (di:m) – etw erachten, annehmen,

vague (vg) – ungenau, vage, verschwommen[/vc_column_text][/vc_column]