• East European group lobbies for ‘reform’ in EU’s post-Brexit future


    WARSAW: Four eastern European countries will stake out a joint position at next week’s summit on the European Union’s post-Brexit future, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). The so-called Visegrad Group has “enormous potential… [and]a recipe for the EU,” Szydlo said. The EU requires reforms “to bring it closer to its citizens,” Szydlo said, without elaborating. Prime ministers from Visegrad members Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland — all EU states since 2004 — met on the margins of an economic forum in the Polish town of Krynica and discussed the impact of Britain’s vote on June 23 to leave the EU. The consequences of the referendum will feature in an informal summit of 27 countries — the entire bloc, minus Britain — in the Slovak capital of Bratislava on September 16.



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