by Dennis Marc H.

Debate in the European Council has been overshadowed by the developments in Iraq and Syria. They spent the afternoon grilling a European Union Military Staff adviser over the EU’s capacity to send troops, and afterwards had a heated debate with the Ambassador of Iraq, who left the questioning after feeling he was insulted by Mr. Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands.

The Ambassador of Iraq stated that they do not request international troops from the EU to help in the fight against ISIS. 

As DPA had previously reported, the European Commission yesterday announced the lifting of the ban on the South-Stream pipeline. However the European Council has so far not addressed this issue, and has also not responded to the bombing of the Iraq-Turkey pipeline.

Energy experts believe that if the European Council does not address these issues soon, the price of oil, gas and electricity will go even higher.