Germany Won't Take Portugal's EU Split

As European diplomats haggled over the threatened Polish and Hungarian vetoes that could block the Covid bailout plan so laboriously negotiated earlier in the year, Portugal’s Socialist Prime Minister António Costa took the occasion to propose a plan to shrink and simplify the European Union.

To make Europe work, he says, the countries that genuinely care about European values need to slough off the unbelievers. The remnant would be a smaller but purer group of countries ready to build the kind of “ever deeper union” of which…

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