EU Summit: 'Too early to talk about success'

EU Summit: 'Too early to talk about success'
By Damon Embling
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A word of caution from EU Council President as marathon talks on migration wrap-up in Brussels


Marathon talks have taken their toll on tired looking EU leaders.

A weary Jean-Claude Juncker, joking about taking a question on trade, announced he would be visiting another Donald in Washington later in July.

"We should de-dramatise these relations, we need these relations, the US need these relations," he said. 

On the more thorny issue of migration, European Council President Donald Tusk was cautious - saying there was still a lot to do, following the hours of stormy discussions. 

He told reporters: "It is far too early to talk about a success. We have managed to reach an agreement in the European Council. But this is in fact the easiest part of the task, compared to what awaits us on the ground."

The outgoing rotating head of the EU presidency, Bulgaria's Boyko Borissov, lamented the fact that migration had become such a divisive issue.

He said: "This is not a migration crisis, this is a political crisis because there are 90 percent fewer migrants than two years ago.

And on the controversial disembarkation platforms, Oxfam criticised what it sees as a lack of forethought on the measure.

"They have no idea how that could work actually and especially I am wondering, we have hotspots inside the EU and they don't work," said spokesperson Florian Oel,

"People are living in really horrible conditions. So, I am wondering is there a chance that this works better outside the EU? I have strong doubts."

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