EU holds final summit with Angela Merkel

20:30, 22 October 2021
EU holds final summit with Angela Merkel Photo: Ina Fassbender/Global Look Press

During Angela Merkel’s final summit of the EU as the Chancellor of Germany she received ovations from her associates.

Merkel has been securing the post of the Chancellor of Germany for 16 years and now will gradually step down from her post following the elections. 

The Council President Charles Michel said that Merkel has “extreme sobriety and simplicity", which is "a very powerful seduction weapon".

"You are a compass. A shining light of our European project," he said in a statement.

The former British Member of the European Parliament who currently is a part of the European federalist movement said that he felt sad for Merkel.

"She prioritised EU unity over reform - and she leaves the Union more disunited than ever, with one man overboard," he said.

The summit itself was devoted to solving the energy crisis and the Polish challenge to EU law primacy.

The reached solution for the energy crisis involved providing income support to vulnerable households as well as the reduction of taxes.

While Poland was attacked for not following the rules of the European Union.

"If you want to have the advantages of being in a club... then you need to respect the rules. You can't be a member of a club and say, 'the rules don't apply to me'," the Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander de Croo said in a statement.

The Polish Prime Minister said that his country was ready for dialogue but in the same time spoke against the constantly growing powers that the EU has over member states.

"We are ready for dialogue. We do not agree with the constantly broadening range of competencies [of the EU] but we will of course talk about it, how to resolve the current dispute with understanding and dialogue," he said.