Migration, Trump… What to expect from EU Malta Summit and beyond

My interview with Professor Roderick Pace, Director of the Institute for European Studies and Jean Monnet Chair, University of Malta.

President of the European Council Donald Tusk at Malta Summit. Credit: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/

President of the European Council Donald Tusk at Malta Summit. Credit: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/

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Migration and Libya: What will/should EU do at Malta Summit?

According to media reports the EU leaders at Malta summit will study also the possibility of sending migrants back to Libya. In general how do you assess EU approach toward migration crisis in Central Mediterranean? What are the biggest obstacles of solving this, disunity of the EU, problematic situation in countries like Libya, combination of it? Read few comments.

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EU and Trump: Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst?

I know it is pretty hard to assess what might Donald Trump do in the White House but it seems that his rhetoric (and some people who are around him) suggests he is hardly the biggest fan of the EU. So what should EU do now, to hope for the best and prepare for the worst? And what could be the best and what the worst scenario? Read few comments.

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EP President election: What is different now and does it matter?

We are in kind of unusual situation when we do not know who will be the next President of the European Parliament. How do you read the fact that this time there is no agreement among the biggest groups, do you think it may have some effect on the EU, on institution and their work? Read few comments.

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Migration crisis in 2016: Some steps have been taken, but…

EU has border guards, is moving with ETIAS system, migration compacts and Turkey deal (whatever we think about this) is still at place. How would you assess the last six months of management and solving of migration crisis from the EU maybe also taking into account that Slovakia just had rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU (and for better or worse my country was also somehow in the spotlight of migration crisis)? Read few comments.

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Slovakia’s EU Presidency didn’t overplay its hand

As we approach the end of the Presidency, this time I would would like to ask you for your view on the last six months. How do you perceive Slovak EU Presidency, what positives and negatives would you underline? Read few comments.

Logo of Slovak Council of the EU Presidency. Credit: www.mzv.sk

Logo of Slovak Council of the EU Presidency. Credit: http://www.mzv.sk

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Brexit? Two years is not a long time for any international treaty negotiation

Access to single market and freedom of movement are often mentioned as points of possible collision but the process will be also extremely complex so looking at possible options UK and the EU have regarding Brexit how much do you think it is realistic or unrealistic to conclude negotiations in two years (unless the European Council grants an extension)? Read few comments.

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