Climate Cracks Emerge at Summit

With EU leaders now gathered in Brussels for the two day summit chaired by Sweden's prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, splits have already emerged in negotiations involving reaching a common mandate on EU policy ahead of the Copenhagen climate summit in December.

Hungary's prime minister said on Thursday that nine east European Union countries oppose the current EU plan for tackling climate change while Denmark's prime minister says he doesn't think a legally binding deal on climate change will be agreed upon in Copenhagen.

Before the meeting, Fredrik Reinfeldt warned that the EU's credibility is on the line regarding the Climate summit and member nations must agree on an aid figure in which each individual country must pay to help developing nations fight global warming.

("We have a risk for a clear deadlock in the negotiations," he said.

"The emerging economies are looking for financing and without it they will not make the required reduction targets.")

At the summit another issue is grabbing the headlines. While EU leaders are working hard to get the Czech Republic's agreement to the Lisbon treaty, the only country left to do so, behind the scenes the main gossip concerned the favourites put forward for a new full-time EU President, created under the treaty.

The president of the Council of EU leaders will be picked unanimously for a two-and-a-half-year term, strengthening the current system of a six-month presidency that member states hold in turn.

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