EU leaders are set to attend a key summit on Saturday in Brussels. On the table will be recent developments in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq.
But the meeting will also aim to decide some housekeeping issues, with two top EU jobs are up for grabs.
The Bloc’s outgoing foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, is to be replaced. Italy’s Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini is tipped as a frontrunner to take over from Ashton. But a perceived conciliatory line towards Russia may hamper her prospects.
The next President of the European Council is also awaiting appointment. Poland’s Prime Minister, Donald Tusk is a late, but strong entry to succeed Herman Von Rompuy. The last time the EU leaders met they failed to come to an agreement.