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The recall of ambassadors: a practice that is becoming widespread in Europe

(B2) The recall of ambassadors has become the regular expression of diplomatic discontent, including between Member States. In recent years, there have been at least three recalls of ambassadors

Preparation for July 14 (credit: French Embassy in Italy)

En August 2017,ungary recalls its ambassador to the Netherlands to protest against criticism from the Dutch ambassador in Budapest. This one had compared Hungary's attitude — on the European relocation plan and against George Soros — to create enemies "to the group" État islamique ».

En February 2016, Greece had recalled its ambassador to Austria to denounce the attitude of the government in Vienna, which had not invited him to the meeting of the Balkan countries on the migration crisis.

En December 2015, Greece, again, recalls its ambassador to Prague to protest against remarks by Czech President Miloš Zeman, placing a condition on the adoption of the euro by the Czech Republic: that Greece leaves the single currency.

(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).