This summit is a very clear illustration of the fact that only when we are united can we successfully perform even the most difficult issues and tasks. Like with European defence, for example, or with Brexit. Today we are launching PESCO – an ambitious, inclusive, and very pragmatic project in the field of defence. And tomorrow we will also formally end our first phase of the Brexit negotiations. Both these achievements demanded courage, realism but – above all – our unity. By the way, I have no doubt that the real test of our unity will be the second phase of the Brexit talks.
Today and tomorrow we will also deal with issues where a lack of unity is very visible. As you know, I am talking about EMU and migration.
When it comes to EMU, the divide is – and sorry for this geographical simplification – between north and south, and when it comes to migration, it is between east and west. These divisions are accompanied by emotions which make it hard to find even a common language and rational arguments for this debate. This is why we should work on our unity even more intensively and more effectively than before.