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EU could break up, says EC chief

European Council president Donald Tusk at the 'Thermatic Pledging Session' at in London on Thursday February 4, 2016. He warned the EU could break up over strain from mass migration and a deal to keep Britain in the union. Photo Ben Stansall / Pool via AP

European Council president Donald Tusk at the ‘Thermatic Pledging Session’ at in London on Thursday February 4, 2016. He warned the EU could break up over strain from mass migration and a deal to keep Britain in the union. Photo Ben Stansall / Pool via AP

BUCHAREST – AM [AP]

European Council president Donald Tusk has warned just days before an EU summit that the 28-nation bloc could break up under strain from mass migration and a deal to keep Britain in the union.

Speaking in Bucharest, Tusk warned on Monday that ‘this is a critical moment. It is high time we started listening to each other’s arguments more than to our own.’

He said it was ‘natural that positions harden closer to crunch time,’ three days before a ‘crucial’ EU summit, which will have ‘the two biggest challenges to the future of the European Union on the agenda, Britain’s membership of the EU and migration crisis.’

Tusk said that ‘the risk of break-up is real. This process is indeed very fragile. Handle with care! What is broken cannot be mended.’


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