Fourth Session of the European Council

Debate remains fruitful, despite a slight drop in attendance. European leaders have started discussing a first draft of conclusions on the matter, spearheaded by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

With the Hungarian proposal on the table–“uncontroversial”, as Orbán called it–the Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker was compelled to address a number of issues with it. Wine-deprived, the former Luxembourgian Premier lashed out at Orbán, ensuing a hefty, yet fruitful, dispute. Juncker especially criticized the proposal transgressions of the European Council’s mandate, which would not only create legal uncertainties but would most likely not find approval in the European Parliament, not to speak of national parliaments.