#EUCO Summit Live: Migration, trade and Russia top the agenda

The European Council will meet on Thursday and Friday (20-21 October). [Shutterstock]

EU leaders gather in Brussels on Thursday and Friday (20-21 October) to discuss the still ongoing migration crisis and the EU-Canada trade deal, CETA. Follow our live feed for all the latest developments.

This will also be the first formal EU28 Council since Theresa May succeeded David Cameron as UK prime minister.

Relations with Russia are also going to be given particular focus, following a meeting of foreign affairs ministers on Monday (17 October).

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CETA collapse scuppers Bulgaria and Romania visa deal

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