Southern EU leaders met on Friday ahead of a showdown with hardliners at the EU leaders summit in Bratislava on September 16. Asked to comment on the EU-Med Summit aimed at tackling serious EU problems regarding migration, extremism and austerity, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble appeared derogatory in reference to what some factions have labeled “Club Med.”
“When socialist party leaders meet, nothing terribly intelligent comes out of it most of the time,” he told a press gathering.
Manfred Weber, head of the European People’s Party, was even less optimistic. “Alexis Tsipras is once again playing the little games he knows so well,” said Weber regarding the summit called in Athens. “What Europe needs right now is a message of unity, not new efforts to divide it.”
A day before the summit attended by a total of seven EU Mediterranean states, Tsipras had also dug into the German leadership in an interview with France’s Le Monde. “We must collectively agree if we are a European Union or a German Union,” he said.