BRATISLAVA: EU leaders meeting in Bratislava need to have a "very honest" discussion if they are to unite the crisis-hit bloc after Britain's shock decision to quit, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said Friday (Sep 16).
"After Brexit and the risks that are connected to the Brexit it is absolutely necessary to me to be very honest," Fico said as he arrived at the towering Bratislava castle for Friday's talks.
"I believe the 27 prime ministers and presidents will have very honest discussion about the state where the European Union is at this moment."
Fico added: "We all want to show unity, we all want to show that this is the unique project and that we need to continue this project".
He said he hoped the leaders - meeting without Britain - will produce a "roadmap of the most important topics we would like to deal in the next six months."
The leaders will meet again in Malta and then in Rome in March to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the European Union's founding as they try put the shaken bloc back on track.
The Brexit vote in June came as Europe reeled from the worst migrant crisis since World War II, deadly terror attacks and the continued fallout from the 2008 financial meltdown.
EU President Donald Tusk said on the summit eve that the leaders must "have a sober and brutally honest assessment of the situation."
Fico himself has taken a very hard line on the migrant issue, refusing to allow in "a single Muslim," while Germany last year accepted nearly a million and Italy and Greece demand that their EU peers take on more of the burden of the thousands arriving on their shores.