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Global Europe 20-12-2013

Merkel: The door remains open for Ukraine

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, german Chancellor Angela Merkel said that recent development in Ukraine 'it fills us with great respect', referring to the thousands of Ukrainians that braved freezing temperatures in Kiev to protest against President Viktor Yanukovich's government.
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Global Europe 20-12-2013

MEPs assess December 2013 EU Summit

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, MEPs gave their assessment on the discussions from the meeting. Heads of state and government are meeting in Brussels on 19 and 20 December to discuss issues such as security and defense and the economic and monetary union.
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Barroso: ‘This is the beginning of the end of bank bailouts’

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso welcomed the political agreement reached by EU finance ministers on the Banking Union plan, adding that 'it was supported politically by the European Council'. 'While the Commission would have preferred the system based fully on the community approach, we welcome the important progress made by the Council. It is a sound basis for the negotiations with the European Parliament.' Barroso said.
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NATO’s chief: ‘Europe should develop military capabilities’

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, NATO's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Europe should develop 'military capabilities', including 'observation drones, air to air refueling and heavy transport'. 'This is not about creating a European army, this is about making sure that the countries in Europe are strong and capable so that they can contribute to crisis management', he added.
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Global Europe 19-12-2013

Schulz: Ukraine’s long-term strategy should lie with the EU

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, European Parliament president Martin Schulz said in a press conference that Kiev's decision to side with Russia is a 'short-term' choice. 'The doors should be opened for Ukraine', Schulz added.
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Global Europe 19-12-2013

December 2013 EU Council Summit – Group photo

Heads of state and government are meeting in Brussels on 19 and 20 December for a European Council summit. Security and defence and the economic and monetary union are the main topics on the agenda.
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Global Europe 19-12-2013

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy asked to show accreditation when entering EU Council

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was asked to show his accreditation when entering the EU Council building. Heads of state and government are meeting in Brussels on 19 and 20 December for a European Council summit. Security and defence and the economic and monetary union are the main topics on the agenda.
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Global Europe 19-12-2013

Herman Van Rompuy: 2013 has been a year of progress

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy said that '2013 has been a year of progress and hard work is starting to pay off'. Heads of state and government are meeting in Brussels on 19 and 20 December for a European Council summit. Security and defence and the economic and monetary union are the main topics on the agenda. 
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Global Europe 19-12-2013

NATO’s chief: We need to boost Europe’s military force

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, NATO's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Europe need a 'stronger defence'. 'If European nations invest more in military capabilities, they could make stronger contributions to NATO.”, Rasmussen added. Heads of state and government are meeting in Brussels on 19 and 20 December for a European Council summit. Security and defence and the economic and monetary union are the main topics on the agenda.
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Global Europe 19-12-2013

Irish PM linked to EU’s top job

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny commented on the speculation that he might be running for the position of president of the European Commission or the European Council. Kenny also said that EU leaders have made 'significant progress' on the baking union deal.
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Global Europe 19-12-2013

François Hollande arrives at the December 2013 EU Summit

Heads of state and government are meeting in Brussels on 19 and 20 December for a European Council summit. Security and defence and the economic and monetary union are the main topics on the agenda. 
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Global Europe 19-12-2013

Cameron: EU should not have an army

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that while EU countries should cooperate on defence matters, Europe should not have 'capabilities, armies or air forces'. The December EU Council Summit will have security and defence and the economic and monetary union as the main topics on the agenda.
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