Dominika Pszczolkowska is a Polish journalist. Since 2007 she has been the Brussels correspondent for Gazeta Wyborcza, the largest Polish quality daily.
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Who's NOT coming to the Eastern Partnership summit
I am at the Eastern Partnership summit in Prague. The list of EU leaders who have decided not to show up is getting longer and longer.
As was previously said, Gordon Brown and Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will not take part. On the latest list provided by the Czech presidency Spain is sending the foreign minister, and the UK is absent alltogether (probably a mistake of the Czechs, I earlier heard David Milliband is planning to come). Nicolas Sarkozy has also decided not to take part, but France will be represented by the prime minister Francois Fillon.
Those were the expected no shows. But the list of absences is longer. The Iralian Silvio Berlusconi is not coming, and - if the list is correct - sending only his labour minister. Also Luxembourg, Portugal, Austria, Cyprus, Malta and even Lithuania are to be represented by ministers.
On the other hand the German chancellor Angela Merkel is expected, along with the prime ministers of Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Netherlands.
A longer list of no shows obviously diminishes the prestige of the summit, and proves some in the EU are really not very interested in the project. But let's wait to see who really shows up, as I hear here that this is still not 100% sure.
czwartek, 07 maja 2009, dominique