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Clash of the europhiles: Juncker, Macron and Tusk face off in scrap to be Europe’s saviour

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker, Emmanuel Macron and Donald Tusk are embroiled in a cold war to become the saviour of the European Union (EU).

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Donald Tusk, Emmanuel Macron and Jean-Claude Juncker are all trying to lead the EU fightback

The three EU heavyweights have each made moves to personally lead the EU’s fight back against a litany of issues, from Brexit to the migrant crisis, in recent weeks.But while all sides are calling for unity, a divide is growing between the three politicians as they attempt to put their own mark on the EU fightback.

 has been driving the narrative since his State of the Union address earlier this month, where he laid out his vision for the EU.

The European Commission President proposed new electoral processes, a joint EU army and an expansion of the eurozone and Schengen Area.

And French President  made his own claim for power last night at the Tallinn Digital Summit in Estonia.The meeting, attended by EU leaders including Theresa May, was originally scheduled to be a chance for discussion about the digitalisation of Europe. Heavier subjects, like Brexit and the EU budget, were banned.

But Mr Macron put his foot down and demanded the opportunity to discuss the tricky subject of the budget – a power move which annoyed hosts Estonia and other leaders in attendance.

Donald Tusk

It was , however, who had the final say with a rallying speech given after the summit today as he vowed to do everything in his power to unite the EU.Wrestling control of momentum with a passionate end-of-evening address, he pointedly referred to the fight for Europe in the first person – a jarring contrast to Mr Juncker’s use of ‘we’ during his union speech.

Mr Tusk said: “First and foremost, I will do everything in my power to keep the unity of the EU.

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Donald Tusk issued an EU rallying cry after a summit last night

“Secondly, I will concentrate on finding real solutions to real problems of our citizens, who are concerned about security, migration or unemployment.”The European Council President ended with a token third person gesture and said: “And finally, we will all make sure that Europe is making progress.”

Regardless of who wins the role of poster boy, the list of issues facing the EU is daunting.

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Donald Tusk and Emmanuel Macron are going head-to-head in the EU fightback

Brexit continues to blot out most problems, with talks with Theresa May’s negotiating team grinding to a stalemate in recent weeks.The migration crisis remains a issue, especially in countries bordering the Meditteranean, while the expansion of the eurozone and Schengen Area also continues to worry states opposed to the creeping influence of Brussels across the bloc.

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Jane Davies
Jane Davies

Love your comment Peter…..just about sums it up.

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