EU leaders gathered at the European Council in Brussels, on Saturday (30 August), to break the deadlock on EU top jobs and to respond to the escalating conflict in Eastern Ukraine. An overview of events, as they happened, is below.
The summit follows an earlier attempt on 16 July, to choose the EU’s future leadership, when heads of state gathered in Brussels to discuss who could replace Herman Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton.
The July summit ended in a deadlock and Juncker asked heads of state to reconsider their stance over the summer. National leadership now returned to the table.
- Donald Tusk, the Polish prime minister, will replace Herman Van Rompuy as European Council president;
- Federica Mogherini, the young Italian minister of foreign affairs, will take on the role of High Representative, despite earlier criticism of her weak stance on Russia;
- Leaders agree on a roadmap towards new sanctions against Russia, for its involvement in the Eastern Ukrainian conflict.
An overview of EURACTIV’s live coverage at the summit: