PARIS – Tough foreign policy issues, including tensions with Turkey, sanctions against Belarus and relations with China, will be up for discussion at a two-day European Union summit that starts Thursday.
This end-of-month summit will be a test on whether the European Union can speak with one voice over thorny issues in its neighborhood and beyond.
The summit was delayed a week after Charles Michel, president of the 27-member European Council, was quarantined for possible coronavirus infection. He has since tested negative.
Belarus is a key concern. The EU has refused to recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the countrys president following disputed August elections and a brutal post-election crackdown against protesters.
Meeting Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in Lithuania this week, French President Emmanuel Macron promised to help mediate a peaceful transition via the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Macron said he had gotten agreement fro..