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Poland's Tusk takes over EU helm

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By Euronews
Poland's Tusk takes over EU helm

<p>Former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk took over the presidency of the European Council on Monday, succeeding Belgium’s Herman Van Rompuy.</p> <p>The 57-year-old takes up the role at a challenging time for the European Union, which faces numerous economic and geopolitical challenges.</p> <p>Tusk, who has built up good relationships with Germany’s Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron, said he will make boosting Europe’s sluggish growth a key priority during his tenure.</p> <p>He will have to coordinate between all EU governments over the next five years, but also represent the bloc abroad at major international events.</p> <p>The football-loving historian served as his country’s premier for nearly seven years, resigning in September.</p>