Pre-Summit Briefing & European Council Notes 2020/1

European Council Studies

Peter Ludlow

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Journal - e + print

EuroComment’s Pre-Summit Briefings and European Council Notes are uniquely valuable. Launched twenty years ago and based on a wide range of published and unpublished sources, including interviews with key players, they provide a continuous, highly readable and independent narrative of the politics and policies of the European Council, the EU’s principal decision-making institution.

From February 2020 onwards, the Pre-Summit Briefings and the European Council Notes will be published by Leuven University Press under the name European Council Studies. The mission and ambition will remain unchanged. A subscription to European Council Studies covers both the Pre-Summit Briefings and the European Council Notes. European Council Studies remains an online series that follows the meeting pace of the EU Council, resulting in a minimum of 4 issues and a maximum of 10 issues annually. A print edition is also available.

This new series by Leuven University Press should be of interest to everybody inside or outside government who is involved in or with the European Union.

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Print ISSN:  2684-3390
Online ISSN: 2684-4966
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Pre-Summit Briefing 2020/01 
20 February: The Multiannual Financial Framework

European Council Notes 2020/01 
20/21 February: Coming to Terms with Failure

Key Words 
1. The politics of the MFF from February 2018 to December 2019 9
2. The MFF becomes Michelsache: December 2019 to February 2020 13
3. The European Council 17
3.1. The preliminaries with David Sassoli 
3.2. The plenary session 
3.3. The bilaterals 
3.4. 21 February: confusion worse confounded 
4. The second plenary session: 18.55 to 19.21 
5. Coming to terms with failure 

Format: Journal - e + print

Size: 254 × 178 mm

ISBN: 9789461653109

Publication: February 20, 2020

Series: European Council Studies

Languages: English