Eyes focus on Tusk but the EU Council’s policy decision was on refugee flows


Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (C) arrives at the European spring summit in Brussels, Belgium, 09 March 2017. European leaders will mainly focus on election of the European Council President and on Brexit during the two-day summit.

Detention and National Quotas were hotly contested but not really debated

Beyond the Polish government's rage about Donald Tusk's re-election, there was also some policy debate during the European Council meeting on Thursday. In substance, the handling of the refugee flows was discussed, although the serious debate will have to wait for another day.

The Maltese Prime Minister and President-in-office of the Council, Joseph Muscat, presented the state of play of discussions in the Council, and EU leaders had a heated debate, with Victor Orban of Hungary taking the le...

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