Van Rompuy says more time is needed to discuss eurozone issues ahead of a summit (Photo:

EU summit delayed as France, Germany tussle

European Council President Herman van Rompuy has delayed by a week a planned summit of the bloc’s leaders in order to give more time for behind-the-scenes negotiations on plans to bring an end to the eurozone crisis.

Van Rompuy first tweeted the news of the delay mid-afternoon on Monday (10 October), and later said that he had “decided to convene” the EU Council and subsequent eurozone summit on 23 October, a Sunday instead of the originally planned two-day event from 17-18 October.


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