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EU looks east as Tusk takes top job

The EU’s political centre of gravity has shifted eastwards with the appointment of Donald Tusk as the president of the European Council. Tusk built

The EU’s political centre of gravity has shifted eastwards with the appointment of Donald Tusk as the president of the European Council. Tusk built

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German fears cloud EU-Canada deal

German concerns over allowing companies to sue government could scupper a EU-Canada free trade pact. It would allow firms to take legal action

German concerns over allowing companies to sue government could scupper a EU-Canada free trade pact. It would allow firms to take legal action

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EU leaders fail to agree on who should get the bloc's two top jobs

European leaders meeting in Brussels have failed to agree on who should fill two of the bloc’s top jobs, that of European Council president and

European leaders meeting in Brussels have failed to agree on who should fill two of the bloc’s top jobs, that of European Council president and

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EU agreements - historic trade & economic pacts signed

The leaders of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova on Friday signed historic trade and economic association agreements with the European Union in Brussels.

The leaders of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova on Friday signed historic trade and economic association agreements with the European Union in Brussels.

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Belgium EU agreements - historic trade and economic pacts signed

The leaders of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova on Friday signed historic trade and economic association agreements with the European Union in Brussels.

The leaders of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova on Friday signed historic trade and economic association agreements with the European Union in Brussels.

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Ukraine set to dominate G7 summit in Brussels

The two day G7 summit is underway in Brussels with the ongoing crisis in Ukraine set to be the main issue discussed. US President Barack Obama

The two day G7 summit is underway in Brussels with the ongoing crisis in Ukraine set to be the main issue discussed. US President Barack Obama

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Van Rompuy: EU must act for ordinary people, not just elite

The international Charlemagne Prize, awarded for contributions to European unity, has gone to the President of the European Council Herman van

The international Charlemagne Prize, awarded for contributions to European unity, has gone to the President of the European Council Herman van

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EU leaders agree to review priorities to win back public support

European Union leaders have met for the first time since voters stunned several member nations with their support for populist and far-right

European Union leaders have met for the first time since voters stunned several member nations with their support for populist and far-right

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EU's Van Rompuy slams Russia during visit of support to Kyiv

European Union President Herman Van Rompuy has taken a message of support to Kyiv and the interim Ukrainian government. The day after referenda

European Union President Herman Van Rompuy has taken a message of support to Kyiv and the interim Ukrainian government. The day after referenda

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Obama hints US could help EU reduce need for Russian energy

Visiting EU headquarters in Brussels, President Barack Obama has indicated that US exports could help Europe reduce its reliance on Russian

Visiting EU headquarters in Brussels, President Barack Obama has indicated that US exports could help Europe reduce its reliance on Russian

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EU halts visa talks with Russia over Ukraine

EU leaders meeting on Ukraine have agreed to suspend visa negotiations with Russia, threatening further sanctions if Moscow refuses to engage in

EU leaders meeting on Ukraine have agreed to suspend visa negotiations with Russia, threatening further sanctions if Moscow refuses to engage in

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Van Rompuy urges action on tax

European Council President Herman van Rompuy says the EU must get tougher on tax if governments are to succeed in balancing their books. He has

European Council President Herman van Rompuy says the EU must get tougher on tax if governments are to succeed in balancing their books. He has

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Van Rompuy to quit politics at the end of 2014

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy will no longer hold a political office in 2015, Euractiv reports. The 65-year-old broke the news in

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy will no longer hold a political office in 2015, Euractiv reports. The 65-year-old broke the news in

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Cameron revels in his European 'Thatcher' moment

David Cameron has claimed victory after succeeding in his push for the EU to spend less. The British prime minister said that European taxpayers

David Cameron has claimed victory after succeeding in his push for the EU to spend less. The British prime minister said that European taxpayers

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EU leaders seal historic budget cut

EU leaders have agreed to cut the bloc’s spending for the first time in its history. The headline figure of 960 billion euros is down by three

EU leaders have agreed to cut the bloc’s spending for the first time in its history. The headline figure of 960 billion euros is down by three

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EU long-term budget deal reached

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has revealed the deal worked out by the region’s leaders to cut EU spending for the next seven

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has revealed the deal worked out by the region’s leaders to cut EU spending for the next seven

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Budget talks reveal EU divisions

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy chosen not to put forward a new budget compromise to EU leaders on Thursday, due to sharp divisions

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy chosen not to put forward a new budget compromise to EU leaders on Thursday, due to sharp divisions

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Time for tough talk as EU summit to hash out budget deal begins

It was all smiles as German Chancellor Angela Merkel watched a football friendly between her country and France with French President Francois

It was all smiles as German Chancellor Angela Merkel watched a football friendly between her country and France with French President Francois

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EU, Brazil silent on protectionism at trade talks

The EU has accused Brazil of protectionism in the past. But leaders tried to put those differences to one side at a joint trade summit in

The EU has accused Brazil of protectionism in the past. But leaders tried to put those differences to one side at a joint trade summit in

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Irish PM Kenny urges UK to stay inside the EU

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has used the official curtain raiser for his country’s EU presidency to urge the UK not to loosen its ties with

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has used the official curtain raiser for his country’s EU presidency to urge the UK not to loosen its ties with

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EU-Russia meeting set to lack Christmas cheer

Russian President Vladimir Putin was given a warm welcome by European Union leaders when he arrived in Brussels ahead of today’s EU-Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin was given a warm welcome by European Union leaders when he arrived in Brussels ahead of today’s EU-Russia

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EU leaders in Brussels set out agenda for bloc

EU heads of state have committed themselves to a path of economic reforms in the coming year, a path they they hope will lead the eurozone out of

EU heads of state have committed themselves to a path of economic reforms in the coming year, a path they they hope will lead the eurozone out of

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EU awarded Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

The Nobel Peace Prize has been collected by the heads of the EU’s three main institutions. The ceremony took place in Norway’s capital Oslo. The

The Nobel Peace Prize has been collected by the heads of the EU’s three main institutions. The ceremony took place in Norway’s capital Oslo. The

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Van Rompuy lauds Italy's 'great prime minister' Monti

The prospect of a return to traditional Italian politics with its frequent crises and instability has caused European markets to wobble and put

The prospect of a return to traditional Italian politics with its frequent crises and instability has caused European markets to wobble and put

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EU says Nobel Peace Prize will help restore hope

The European Union’s three presidents are in Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday for its transformation from a continent in war to one in

The European Union’s three presidents are in Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on Monday for its transformation from a continent in war to one in

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EU budget talks break up without agreement

European leaders have called off talks in Brussels over the long-term EU budget. Negotiations to fix the bloc’s finances for the 2014-2020 period

European leaders have called off talks in Brussels over the long-term EU budget. Negotiations to fix the bloc’s finances for the 2014-2020 period

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EU summit in 'small revolution'

European leaders have agreed a deal on a banking union. France and the European Commission arrived at the summit keen to run ahead with a new

European leaders have agreed a deal on a banking union. France and the European Commission arrived at the summit keen to run ahead with a new

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EU leaders hope to build on banking deal

European leaders have gathered for day two of their summit in Brussels after a marathon session that ended up with a big step towards banking union

European leaders have gathered for day two of their summit in Brussels after a marathon session that ended up with a big step towards banking union