EU game-plans amid wait for new UK PM

  • 7 June 2019
  • From the section Europe
The 11 candidates for Conservative Party leader

Caught up in political turmoil (Italy and Germany) or scandal (Austria), in government-making (Denmark) or government dissolution (Greece), EU leaders are keeping only half an eye on the dizzying spectacle of the Conservative Party leadership race.

But they are well aware that reality will come knocking soon enough on Brussels' door.

The new UK prime minister will be hungry to make his or her name, to go down in history books as the one who "solved Brexit".

Whatever solving Brexit looks like.

And therein lies the clue as to why EU leaders aren't paying too much attention - yet.

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European elections 2019: What were the clear trends?

  • 27 May 2019
  • From the section Europe
RN jubilation, 26 May 19 Image copyright AFP
Image caption France's far-right RN was jubilant: A narrow victory over Mr Macron's party

If you're scratching your head right now, confused by conflicting interpretations of the European parliamentary election, fear not, just read on.

Contrary to some stark political predictions ahead of the vote, the actual results seem nuanced.

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EU asks what next for Brexit after May goes

  • 24 May 2019
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Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker smile and shake hands in front of the flags of their respective nations Image copyright AFP
Image caption Mr Juncker said he would "equally respect and establish working relations with any new Prime Minister."

The EU response to Theresa May's resignation speech was immediate.

From across Europe came expressions of respect - though notably, not regret.

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European parliament elections: The Brexit effect

  • 22 May 2019
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These May Day protesters in Bordeaux want to leave the EU on 1 MAy 2019 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption While these May Day marchers wanted to leave the EU, it is no longer policy for Marine Le Pen's far right National Rally in France

Remember that domino effect Brexit was predicted to trigger back in 2016?

Frexit (France leaving the EU), Italexit (Italy walking out the door), Nexit (the Netherlands following suit) and so on?

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Spain's general election: What just happened?

  • 29 April 2019
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Santiago Abascal gives a thumbs-up to the camera while smiling on stage after the election results came in Image copyright AFP
Image caption Vox, led by Santiago Abascal, will take seats in parliament for the first time

After weeks of Spain's resurgent far right hogging all the headlines, didn't the centre-left just win a resounding victory?

Did Spaniards have a last-minute change of heart? What does this all mean?

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Brexit: EU keen to quiz Theresa May ahead of summit

  • 9 April 2019
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French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Theresa May will hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday

Europe's leaders feel they have already lost far too much political time on Brexit.

Again today, Prime Minister Theresa May heads to Paris and Berlin for talks with Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel - this after a number of phone calls on Monday with other EU leaders - with little up her sleeve or in her pocket to share with them.

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Brexit: Germany's CDU leader hopes for second referendum

  • 5 April 2019
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Media captionAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: "Brexit has been a strain on all of us"

"Have you heard about the British party guest? He's the one who announces he's leaving, then you find him hours later wandering around the house with no money for a taxi. When he finally goes, he takes two bottles of wine with him."

European stereotype depictions tend to portray Germans as lacking a sense of humour.

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Brexit: EU nervous over UK's 11th-hour rethink

  • 1 April 2019
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: Demonstrators protest at the Pulse of Europe demonstration on March 31, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The pro-European Union citizen"s initiative encourages citizens of the bloc to speak out publicly in favor of a pan-European identity as a counter to Euroskepticism and certain sentiment behind Brexit and right-wing ideologies. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption In Berlin on Sunday, demonstrators held aloft EU and UK flags - and the German word for "friends"

The EU is closely watching the indicative votes process in the UK parliament today.

EU leaders would, of course, welcome a softer Brexit. It would ease friction in post-Brexit EU-UK trade relations – but at the same time, they believe MPs are out of touch with reality.

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Brexit: EU leaders plan for no deal as other options dissolve

  • 30 March 2019
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EU leaders and Theresa May pose for a photo at the informal leaders summit in September Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Theresa May stood out from the crowd at an informal EU leaders summit back in September

EU leaders head into this weekend with a heavy heart. They know, in theory, that all Brexit options remain on the table and they haven't entirely given up hope of a negotiated UK departure, but there is little trust here that the prime minister or Parliament will manage to pull it off.

Despite all the drama, the money and time spent by EU leaders on Brexit over the last two years (summits, dedicated governmental departments, no-deal planning), all the hard, hard graft put in by the EU and UK negotiating teams, Europe's leaders are asking themselves what there is to show for it all.

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No EU joy as UK parliament gears up for Brexit votes

  • 26 March 2019
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Luxembourg"s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Belgium"s Prime Minister Charles Michel, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker share a smile and a joke at last week's European Council summit Image copyright EPA
Image caption Theresa May shares a joke with some other PMs at last week's European Council summit

So, is the EU jumping up and down with glee at the prospect of indicative votes in Westminster on Wednesday?

For months, even years now, Brussels has been urging the UK to "tell us what you want, what you really, really want!"

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