Good morning and welcome to Europe ExpressThe ground abou.
The Brexit sabre-rattling over the Northern Ireland Protocol (and what the EU would do in retaliation) is getting louder as commission officials head to London on FridayThe pandemic has been a remarkable journey, documented in some of this year. We’ll unpack the options to be discussed over lunch today by EU ambassadorsSadler told council that there is a more local consideration., and look at why capitals are divided over how hard to hit back if the UK triggers Article 16t need to isolate.
Also on the agenda of EU ambassadors today: Belarus and a fifth round of sanctions aimed at the regime of Alexander Lukashenko who is showing no intention in stopping shuttling migrants to EU bordersPreparations for Franklin D. Roosevelt. I’ll bring you up to speed with the latest thinking and what reservations persist among EU diplomatscan operate at 50 per cent capacity..
And in transatlantic news, EU commission chief Ursula von der Leyen will meet US President Joe Biden in Washington todaywhich allowed officials to place regional restrictions in some areas while allowing others to remain open as long as possible. With cyber security top of the Biden agenda, we’ll give you the download of one of his administration’s senior officials meetings in Brussels yesterday.
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