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European Council: Institution of the European Union
The European Council is a collective body that defines the European Union's overall political direction and priorities. It comprises the heads of state or government of the EU member states, along with the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission. The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy also takes part in its meetings. Established as an informal summit in 1975, the European Council was formalised as an institution in 2009 upon the entry into force of the Treaty of Lisbon. Its current president is Charles Michel, former Prime Minister of Belgium.

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EU's Michel urges Iran's Rouhani to comply with nuclear deal

European Council President Charles Michel said on Thursday he had spoken to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani and urged Tehran to comply with the 2015 arms control agreement that prevents it developing..
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Britain needs Brexit parliament vote soon, EU's Michel says

The European Union hopes for a quick British parliament vote on Britain's withdrawal from the bloc and clarity on London's plans following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's triumph in elections, the head..
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European Council president Charles Michel reacts to UK election result [Video]European Council president Charles Michel reacts to UK election result

President of the European Council Charles Michel congratulates Boris Johnson on his victory and says he wants to work with the new UK Government to gain clarity on Brexit "as soon as possible". He..

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EU Council summit to focus on climate change and EU budget [Video]EU Council summit to focus on climate change and EU budget

European leaders are meeting in Brussels today (December 12) and tomorrow (December 13) at a Council summit where talk will focus on the bloc's budget and climate change.View on euronews

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Ceremony marking new European Commission and 10 years of Lisbon Treaty [Video]Ceremony marking new European Commission and 10 years of Lisbon Treaty

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, EU Council President Charles Michel, EU Parliament President David Sassoli and European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde officially started in..

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EU Council President Donald Tusk passes baton to Charles Michel [Video]EU Council President Donald Tusk passes baton to Charles Michel

Charles Michel, formerly Prime Minister of Belgium, took over from Donald Tusk as president of the European Council on Friday after a formal hand-over ceremony in Brussels. Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Watch live: Charles Michel replaces Donald Tusk as EU Council President [Video]Watch live: Charles Michel replaces Donald Tusk as EU Council President

Donald Tusk is replaced as President of the European Council by former Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel.View on euronews

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The Brief: The EPP elects Donald Tusk as the party's new president [Video]The Brief: The EPP elects Donald Tusk as the party's new president

Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk was elected as the new president of the European People's Party with 491 votes in favor and 37 votes against.View on euronews

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Donald Tusk lands new job as EPP president with pledge to fight populism [Video]Donald Tusk lands new job as EPP president with pledge to fight populism

The outgoing EU Council President and former Polish prime minister will try and turn around the fortunes of the EPP grouping.View on euronews

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EU's Tusk: Trump is 'perhaps the most difficult challenge' for Europe

U.S. President Donald Trump poses one of the biggest challenges for the European Union because he is "praying" for the breakup of the bloc, European Council President Donald Tusk said.
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EU's Tusk to lead struggling European center-right umbrella group

Outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday was elected president of the center-right European People's Party, a pan-European umbrella group that has been riven by infighting in recent..
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Britain to become 'second rate' in the world after Brexit: EU's Tusk

Britain will lose influence in international affairs and become a "second-rate player" after it leaves the European Union, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday.
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EU's Tusk says he does not plan to run for president of Poland

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday he would not run for president of Poland, dampening the expectations of some opposition supporters that he would challenge incumbent President..
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Two UK political parties to try to trigger December 9 election

Two of Britain's smaller political parties have joined forces to try to trigger a Dec. 9 election and have written to Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, to ask for a delay to Brexit to..
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UK PM Johnson tells Tusk he does not want a Brexit delay

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday he did not want another Brexit delay, confident he could still get a deal through parliament by Oct. 31,..
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EU's Tusk tells Johnson on phone call why he recommending Brexit extension

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday that he explained to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on a call why he was recommending that leaders of the EU's 27 other member states..
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EU's Tusk says he will recommend Brexit extension to avoid no-deal

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday that he would recommend that the 27 other member states of the European Union approve a delay of Britain's departure date following Prime Minister..
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EU's Tusk taking Brexit request seriously, decision in days

The European Council president said on Tuesday that London's request for an extension of its deadline for divorce from the EU should be taken seriously, and the bloc's other members would never take a..
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EU Tusk scathing about 'so called' Syria ceasefire

EU Council President Tusk says the "so-called" Syria ceasefire is "a demand of capitulation of the Kurds" and called on Turkey to immediately halt its operation in northern Syria. (Oct. 18)  
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EU's Tusk says 'very close to final stretch' on Brexit

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday that the EU and Britain were "very close to the final stretch" of Brexit, with approval by the British parliament and the European Parliament the..
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EU's Tusk says Brexit deal 'always better than a no-deal'

European Council President Donald Tusk said of a new Brexit deal agreed on Thursday: "A deal is always better than a no-deal."
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EU's Tusk convinced not opening talks with Balkans would be 'grave mistake': official

A failure to agree to open EU membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania would be a "grave mistake," European Council President Donald Tusk believes, a senior EU official said on..
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Macron says he hopes EU leaders can endorse Brexit deal on Thursday

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday a deal with Britain on its departure from the European Union was being finalised and could potentially be agreed on at a European Council summit on..
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Brexit clarity possible in seven to eight hours: Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday it should be known in seven or eight hours when Brexit could happen and in theory a deal could be accepted on Thursday.
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Unclear if Brexit deal possible by time of European Council summit: French official

It is currently unclear if it will be possible to have a Brexit deal by the time of this week's European Council summit, an official from French President Emmanuel Macron's office said on Tuesday.
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EU's Tusk says more tangible hopes for Brexit deal now than before

European Council head Donald Tusk said on Friday he felt slightly more hopeful the European Union and Britain will achieve a deal on the latter's withdrawal from the bloc following months of deadlock.
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Tusk says Erdogan's threats of flooding Europe with refugees 'totally out of place'

European Council President Donald Tusk chastised Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Friday for threatening to send millions of Syrian refugees to Europe and blasted the Turkish operation in northern..
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Tusk tempers optimism on Brexit deal, says time is nearly up though agreement is still possible

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday the latest round of Brexit talks carried no guarantee of success and time was nearly up for a deal to be reached by Oct.31, tempering a burst of..
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EU's Tusk: Turkey's actions in Syria may lead to humanitarian catastrophe

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday that Turkey must understand the EU's concerns that Turkey's actions in Syria may lead to a humanitarian crisis.
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EU's Tusk: Brexit deal may be possible but no guarantee of success as time is 'practically up'

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday the latest round of Brexit talks carried no guarantee of success and time was "practically up" - but that even the slightest chance must be used to..
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EU's Tusk says there are 'optimistic' signs on Brexit

The head of the European Council Donald Tusk said on Friday there were optimistic signs that a deal on Brexit could be reached.
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Ireland remains open to a 'fair' Brexit deal: Coveney

Ireland's foreign minister said on Tuesday European Council President Donald Tusk was reflecting EU-wide frustration when he accused Britain of playing a "stupid blame game" over Brexit.
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Turkey's 'illegal drilling' undermines Turkey-EU ties: Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Monday that Turkey's drilling off the coast of Cyprus would damage ties between the European Union and Turkey, after Ankara announced it will start..
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Irish PM spoke to Presidents Juncker and Tusk on Thursday

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar spoke to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday afternoon.
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Tusk says EU united with Ireland on Brexit, unconvinced by British plan

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday that the EU was fully united behind Ireland in talks over Britain's departure from the bloc, which he said was open to more talks with Britain..
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UK PM Johnson to talk to Donald Tusk about new Brexit deal: spokesman

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to speak to the European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday to discuss his new Brexit proposals, his spokesman said, adding that he expected other..
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UK PM Johnson told Tusk EU needs to move to reach Brexit deal: UK government spokeswoman

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told European Council President Donald Tusk that movement and flexibility were needed from the European Union if a Brexit deal is to be reached, a British..
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Varadkar and Tusk say no UK proposals yet that can replace backstop

Ireland's prime minister met European Council President Donald Tusk in New York on Monday for 45 minutes to take stock of the latest Brexit developments.
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EU Council will be too late to negotiate Brexit deal: French source

Time to agree a Brexit deal is running out and it will be too late for European leaders to iron out a deal at a European Council meeting in Brussels in mid-October, a French diplomatic source said on..
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Tusk: Domestic politics could drive Britain out of EU

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson might decide to go for Brexit at all costs, just to settle domestic political issues, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday.
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UK PM Johnson told Tusk: We leave EU on October 31 whatever the circumstances

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told European Council President Donald Tusk that Britain would be leaving the European Union on Oct. 31 whatever the circumstances, a British official said on Sunday after..
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Johnson to tell EU's Tusk UK won't pay £39 billion under no-deal Brexit: Sky News

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to tell European Council head Donald Tusk that the UK will only pay 9 billion pounds ($11 billion) instead of the 39 billion pound ($47.88 billion)..
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At G7, EU warns it will respond 'in kind' if Trump puts tariff on French wine

The European Council President Donald Tusk says the E.U. will stand by France if Trump follows through on his threat to put tariffs on French wines.
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EU's Tusk sees even more reasons to keep Russia out of G7

The president of the European Council on Saturday rebuffed Donald Trump's suggestion that Russia be readmitted to the Group of Seven (G7) advanced economies, saying there were even more reasons than..
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Who would be Brexit's Mr No-Deal? Johnson and Tusk trade barbs

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Council head Donald Tusk sparred on Saturday over who would be to blame should Britain leave the EU on Oct. 31 without a divorce deal in place.
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UK PM Johnson says Tusk will be known as 'Mr No Deal' if agreement not changed

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned European Council President Donald Tusk that unless he agrees to change the Brexit divorce deal, Tusk will be known as "Mr No Deal".
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Does Johnson want to be remembered as 'Mr. No deal'? EU's Tusk hopes not

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Saturday he would not cooperate with Britain on an exit from the EU without a withdrawal agreement and said he hoped new prime minister Boris Johnson did..
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EU's Tusk asks: does UK's Johnson want to be 'Mr. No deal'?

European Council President Donald Tusk said he would meet Britain's new prime minister on the sidelines of a G7 summit in France on Sunday and was ready to hear ideas on how to avoid a no-deal Brexit.
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G7 summit to be 'a difficult test of unity': EU's Tusk

The summit of G7 nations opening on Saturday will be "a difficult test of unity and solidarity" after a year during which leaders of the rich nations have found it hard to find common language, the..
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EU's Tusk, British PM Johnson to meet in France on Sunday

European Council President Donald Tusk will hold a face-to-face meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 1030 GMT on Sunday on the sidelines of a G7 summit in France, Tusk's schedule showed..
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EU's Tusk accuses UK PM Johnson of pushing towards post-Brexit Irish border controls

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's demands to drop the Brexit backstop came with no "realistic alternatives" and amounted to seeking a return..
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EU's Tusk says Johnson letter offered no 'realistic alternatives' to Brexit backstop

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday that a letter sent to him by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson included no "realistic alternatives" to the contentious Irish backstop.
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UK's Johnson to EU: Let's replace backstop with commitment to alternative arrangements

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday to propose replacing the Irish backstop with a commitment to put in place alternative arrangements by the..
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EU's Tusk says Russia's Georgia flight ban 'unjustified'

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday that Russia's decision to ban flights to Georgia was "unjustified and disproportional."
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Tusk says von der Leyen dedicated to rule of law

EU leaders' nominee for European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, is dedicated to upholding EU rules on judicial independence and press freedoms, European Council President Donald Tusk said..
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EU's Tusk asks European Parliament to approve von der Leyen

European Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday asked the European Parliament to approved Germany's Ursula von der Leyen as the next head of the European Commission.
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Germany says no need for cabinet to back new Commission chief

It is up to the European Council of EU leaders to nominate a new European Commission chief and not a national government, Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said on Wednesday, dismissing a call for..
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