>> French President Emmanuel Macron is trying to be Europe's man of the moment. The latest get together of the E-leaders in Estonia didn't have a formal agenda before their summit on cybersecurity but Macron has pushed for EU reform, deepening the bloc's ties on defense migration and the euro zone.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel for one likes what he had to say, saying his ideas could be the foundations for intense Franko German cooperation but in reality her hands are tied for now. After Germany's parliamentary elections, she is still yet to form a functioning government.>>
> Engineering a likely three party coalition could take months.
Hamacron's plans haven't been met as positively by all EU members. As he voiced the reform agenda during dinner Thursday, Lithuania's leader tweeted, important to avoid mirages in the desert. On Friday, Macron maintained he has support.>> I won't make any other comment. I can tell you there is a consensus to go forward but other EU leaders appear more focused on the present than the future with Brexit again a major talking point.
Theresa May using the opportunity to suggest progress has been made on negotiations and using this not so subtle backdrop to emphasize the UK's security commitments to Europe, but European Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker, blew any goodwill out of the water. Briefing reporters it would take a miracle for talks to advance quick enough to put the key issue of trade on the table.
Fridays informal meeting started with a song,
But when it comes to Brexit, nobody thinks those in this room are all singing from the same hymn sheet.