The European Commission asked the member states for an additional 66 billion Euro for the coming years, partly to finance additional aid for Ukraine, due to a lack of money in the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF). The increase in the long-term budget is to be discussed by the European heads of government at the EU summit at the end of this week. A protracted debate is looming.
The Slovenian government has decided to extend border controls with Croatia and Hungary until 19 November. Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg urges EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell to stick to the EU leaders’ summit declaration on the Middle East. French President Emmanuel Macron hopes the Putin-Orban meeting will not weaken EU unity.