With major issues to resolve, the EU Summit kicked off on 17 October with few doubts that Brexit would dominate the discussions; and it did. The EU’s current challenges, however, extend beyond the conundrum of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal to the issue of enlargement with North Macedonia and Albania waiting to start accession talks, and a deadlocked Dublin regulation. Turkey actions in northern Syria, climate issues, and a shrinking budget for 2021-2027 also took time in the agenda.

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