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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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Brexit: Scotland would be 'enthusiastically' welcomed by EU if it wins independence, says Tusk

'If you ask about our emotions, you will witness I think only empathy,' says former European Council president
Independent - Published

'Empathy' for independent Scotland joining the EU says Tusk

But the former European Council president warned that an independent Scotland would not be automatically accepted.
BBC News - Published

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EU Council bids goodbye to Britain's union jack [Video]EU Council bids goodbye to Britain's union jack

Officials removed British flags from the European Council on Friday, leaving the 27 flags of the European Union's remaining member states hanging away from the renowned union jack on Brexit day.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:46Published

'Brexit Day' steps into transition twilight zone [Video]'Brexit Day' steps into transition twilight zone

After years of wait, the day has finally come. The United Kingdom leaves the European Union for an uncertain Brexit future, the most significant change to its place in the world since the loss of..

Credit: Reuters - Politics     Duration: 01:29Published

 

UK flags taken down at EU buildings in Brussels ahead of Brexit

Britain's Union Jack was removed from lines of EU member state flags at the European Council and European Parliament buildings in Brussels on Friday evening ahead of the United Kingdom's exit from the..
Reuters - Published

EU: the more UK distances from bloc rules, the less market access

The more Britain diverges from EU rules and regulations after Brexit, the less access to the bloc's single market it will have, European Council President Charles Michel said on Friday.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

Brexit: Modern politicians show 'unprecedented readiness to lie', says Tusk

Brexit 'one of the most spectacular mistakes' in history of the EU, former European Council leader claims
Independent - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

'Don't give up' on stopping Brexit, says Donald Tusk

'After its departure, the UK will become an outsider, a second-rate player,' claims European Council leader
Independent - Published

General election 2019: Don't give up on stopping Brexit - Tusk

The outgoing European Council chief says leaving the EU would leave the UK a "second-rate player".
BBC News - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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,..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

Boris Johnson sends EU unsigned letter seeking Brexit delay

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent two letters to European Council president Donald Tusk - an unsigned message relaying parliament's request for an extension to Brexit and a letter from him setting..
Independent - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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."
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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