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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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Poland's PM quits ahead of new job at the EU

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has handed in his resignation to the country’s president ahead of taking up his new job as head of the European

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has handed in his resignation to the country’s president ahead of taking up his new job as head of the European

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Poland to have second woman PM

Poland’s parliamentary speaker Ewa Kopacz is set to become the country’s next prime minister. President Komorowski is expected to ask her to form a

Poland’s parliamentary speaker Ewa Kopacz is set to become the country’s next prime minister. President Komorowski is expected to ask her to form a

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Russia-Ukraine intrudes on EU top job summit

The Russia-Ukraine situation is threatening to overshadow Saturday’s summit in Brussels aimed at deciding who will be the new EU High Representative

The Russia-Ukraine situation is threatening to overshadow Saturday’s summit in Brussels aimed at deciding who will be the new EU High Representative

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EU leaders name Donald Tusk European Council president

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will be the next President of the European Council. He takes over from Herman van Rompuy, who has made the

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will be the next President of the European Council. He takes over from Herman van Rompuy, who has made the

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EU leaders to decide on top jobs at Brussels summit

EU leaders have been meeting in Brussels on Saturday for a summit to decide on two of the EU’s top jobs. They are due to choose a new president of

EU leaders have been meeting in Brussels on Saturday for a summit to decide on two of the EU’s top jobs. They are due to choose a new president of

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Leaders haggle over top EU jobs

EU leaders met in Brussels on Wednesday to carve up the bloc’s big jobs for the next five years. Heads of state and government are looking to pick

EU leaders met in Brussels on Wednesday to carve up the bloc’s big jobs for the next five years. Heads of state and government are looking to pick

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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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Should Herman Van Rompuy get more of the EU spotlight?

Florian, a student from Brussels asks: “Do you think it’s a problem that Van Rompuy isn’t as visible as other leaders in the EU like José Barroso

Florian, a student from Brussels asks: “Do you think it’s a problem that Van Rompuy isn’t as visible as other leaders in the EU like José Barroso

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EC President sees new fiscal treaty by mid-2012

A new fiscal treaty with stricter budget rules will be in place by mid-2012, according to the European Council’s president. Herman Van Rompuy says

A new fiscal treaty with stricter budget rules will be in place by mid-2012, according to the European Council’s president. Herman Van Rompuy says

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Van Rompuy announces new fiscal pact for euro zone

The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, announced a new budgetary pact for the euro zone, saying all currency members and six

The president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, announced a new budgetary pact for the euro zone, saying all currency members and six

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MEPs question Commissioners' competence one by one

The European Parliament has begun confirmation hearings for the next European Commission. Britain’s Baroness Catherine Ashton was first to take the

The European Parliament has begun confirmation hearings for the next European Commission. Britain’s Baroness Catherine Ashton was first to take the

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Rompuy convenes Council on economy

Herman Van Rompuy has kicked off his official first week of work as the European Union’s first full-time Council president. He underscored his view

Herman Van Rompuy has kicked off his official first week of work as the European Union’s first full-time Council president. He underscored his view

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New EU president enjoys being low-key

Europe’s first permanent president is enjoying his last few days of relative obscurity before Monday’s first day in the job. Herman van Rompuy was

Europe’s first permanent president is enjoying his last few days of relative obscurity before Monday’s first day in the job. Herman van Rompuy was

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Rompuy takes EU pulses amid finance anger

Incoming European Council President Herman Van Rompuy continues to take the pulse in halls of EU power, the latest that of French President Nicolas

Incoming European Council President Herman Van Rompuy continues to take the pulse in halls of EU power, the latest that of French President Nicolas

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EU's Rompuy on tour, Ashton under fire

Herman Van Rompuy is making the rounds of the EU capitals in his role as the European Council’s newly-appointed full-time president. The Belgian

Herman Van Rompuy is making the rounds of the EU capitals in his role as the European Council’s newly-appointed full-time president. The Belgian

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Will the Belgian scoop the top job?

Herman Van Rompuy the unassuming Prime Minister of Belgium is now tipped to become arguably the most powerful person in the European Union. The

Herman Van Rompuy the unassuming Prime Minister of Belgium is now tipped to become arguably the most powerful person in the European Union. The

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Will a woman lead the EU?

She has been called the Iron Lady from the East. Could 71-year-old Vaira Vike-Freiberge, the former Latvian President become the President of the

She has been called the Iron Lady from the East. Could 71-year-old Vaira Vike-Freiberge, the former Latvian President become the President of the

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EU urged to offer top posts to women

Pressure is mounting on Europe’s leaders to do more to get women into the EU – one day before two of the bloc’s top jobs are decided. Earlier

Pressure is mounting on Europe’s leaders to do more to get women into the EU – one day before two of the bloc’s top jobs are decided. Earlier

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Top job consensus elusive

EU leaders are struggling to agree who should get the new top jobs created by the Lisbon Treaty. There is a strong feeling that one, probably the

EU leaders are struggling to agree who should get the new top jobs created by the Lisbon Treaty. There is a strong feeling that one, probably the

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Van Rompuy, from obscurity to power play

Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Fleming Herman Van Rompuy gained substantial favour as a candidate for the new job of full-time

Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium, the Fleming Herman Van Rompuy gained substantial favour as a candidate for the new job of full-time

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Tony Blair, ex-favourite for EU president

Former Prime Minister of Britain Tony Blair was for months a frontrunner for the new job of President of the European Union. But the closer the

Former Prime Minister of Britain Tony Blair was for months a frontrunner for the new job of President of the European Union. But the closer the