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EU leaders to decide on top jobs at Brussels summit

EU leaders to decide on top jobs at Brussels summit
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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 the European Council to replace Herman Van Rompuy. The front runner is the prime minister of Poland Donald Tusk.

They are also due to name the high representative for foreign affairs, to replace the British Commissioner, Catherine Ashton.

The meeting has been overshadowed by events in Ukraine.

EU officials gave Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko a warm welcome - although Ukraine is not a member of the EU – along with assurances of further economic and other support.

The Lithuanian president declared that Russia is in a state of war with Ukraine and so is effectively at war with Europe.

French president Francois Hollande said EU leaders would be obliged to increase sanctions against Russia if the situation in Ukraine remains as it is.