Damaged by Brexit, EU heads meet in Romania to chart bloc's next steps
Updated : May 09, 2019 06:59 AM IST
While rich in symbolism, the summit will be short on substance, a reflection of how the EU has been engulfed by problems and divisions that may play out prominently ahead of the bloc-wide European Parliament elections on May 23-26.
Deepening euro zone cooperation, developing artificial intelligence capabilities and promoting a transition to more environmentally friendly policies are among more than a dozen "strategic agenda" points the leaders will discuss for 2019-2024, although no decisions will be taken.
Many in the EU expect another summit on May 28, two days after the European Parliament vote, to let the bloc's national leaders and outgoing top officials discuss the results and agree on next steps, as they did five years ago after the last election.
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