Some resurgent populist parties in the Czech parliament are demanding a referendum on EU membership. But the prospect of Czexit —the Czech Republic leaving the EU — is a nightmare for many of the country’s business leaders.
The new Czech government sought the support of the Communist Party for the first time since the end of communist rule in 1989. Babis was booed after trying to address hundreds of protesters outside parliament.
Andrej Babis is to be named the Czech Republic's prime minister for a second time. The magnate's struggle to form a governing coalition is emblematic of the contradictions inherent to populist, dealmaking politics.
Poland is expected to use the Brussels meeting to urge a greater presence in Eastern Europe. Warsaw is also lobbying for what it regards to be a key guarantor for stability: A permanent US troop presence in the country.
The Berlin government has agreed to process asylum applications from 50 of the 450 migrants aboard two EU vessels. Italy is testing a renewed promise by EU leaders to share the migrant burden across Europe.
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