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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 Donald Tusk, former Prime Minister of Poland. Charles Michel, current Belgian Prime Minister is President-Elect, taking office on 1 December 2019.

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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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

Videos for European Council

The Brief: European Council says Britain has not offered ‘realistic alternative’ to Irish backstop [Video]The Brief: European Council says Britain has not offered ‘realistic alternative’ to Irish backstop

The Brief: Britain hasn't offered a "realistic alternative" to the Irish backstop, European Council President Donald Tusk said in a tweet responding to Prime Minister Johnson's letter requesting that..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:37Published

European Council President Donald Tusk Said 'Europe Is A Woman' [Video]European Council President Donald Tusk Said 'Europe Is A Woman'

European Council President Donald Tusk praised an agreement to assign two senior EU jobs to women. He said: “After all, Europe is a woman.” According to Reuters, Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Still no deal on top EU jobs despite all-night haggling [Video]Still no deal on top EU jobs despite all-night haggling

European Union leaders were locked in negotiations all night on Sunday over the bloc's top jobs, but as day broke on Monday there was still no deal on who should lead its executive as political groups..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 00:48Published

 

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..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

UK PM Johnson writes to Donald Tusk to propose Brexit deal changes

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday to set out his proposals for reaching a new Brexit deal with the bloc ahead of Britain's planned departure on Oct...
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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."
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

Belgium's Michel, European Council president-elect, sees 'immense' challenges

Charles Michel, Belgium's prime minister who EU leaders have chosen as the next European Council president, said on Tuesday that Europe is facing "immense" challenges.
Reuters - Published

EU's Tusk says of top jobs deal: 'After all, Europe is a woman'

European Council President Donald Tusk praised an agreement to assign two senior EU jobs on Tuesday to women for the first time.
Reuters - Published

EU leaders agree on top jobs: Tusk

European leaders have agreed on who should fill the top jobs for its main institutions for the next five years after a marathon summit, European Council President Donald Tusk and Luxembourg Prime..
Reuters - Published

Bulgaria's Borissov says Georgieva is out of race for EU council head

Bulgarian candidate Kristalina Georgieva is out of the race to head the European Council, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Monday after marathon negotiations between EU leaders over the..
Reuters - Published

EU leaders close to agreeing on Timmermans to lead European Commission: two diplomats

European Union leaders are close to awarding socialist Dutchman Frans Timmermans the job of European Commission president, with the center-right Kristalina Georgieva lined up to head the European..
Reuters - Published

EU's Tusk proposes Commission job for center-left: German parliamentary adviser

European Council President Donald Tusk has proposed giving the post of EU chief executive to Europe's center-left political bloc in the European Commission's new five-year term, according to a German..
Reuters - Published

EU's Tusk 'more cautious than optimistic' on top jobs deal on Thursday

European Council President Donald Tusk said he was "more cautious than optimistic" that a deal on the European Union's top jobs can be achieved between 28 national leaders of the bloc convening in..
Reuters - Published

EU Council should condemn Turkish actions off Cyprus: Greek PM

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday the European Council should 'unreservedly condemn the illegal actions of Turkey' which has launched an offshore drill for gas in Cyprus's exclusive..
Reuters - Published

Tusk says Brexit served as 'vaccine' against eurosceptic EU vote

Britain's Brexit paralysis served as a "vaccine" against the eurosceptic vote in the European Union's parliamentary elections, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Timeline: Brexit - What is due to happen in British politics before Oct. 31?

When the European Union agreed in April to extend the date of Britain's exit from the bloc for a second time, European Council President Donald Tusk pleaded: "Don't waste this time".
Reuters - Published

Tusk sees chances of UK remaining in EU at 20-30%: daily

European Council President Donald Tusk said he sees the chances of Britain staying in the European Union after all at 20-30% as Britons had begun a genuine debate whether to leave or to remain only..
Reuters - Published

EU stands by Cyprus in Turkey drilling dispute: Tusk

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday that the European Union stood behind Cyprus in a dispute with Turkey over offshore drilling operations.
Reuters - Published

There is no Europe without rule of law, says Tusk in Romania

European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday the rule of law was central to the bloc, as he attended talks with EU leaders in Romania.
Reuters - Published

EU's Tusk announces May 28 summit on assigning top jobs

European Union leaders will meet two days after the May 23-26 European Parliament elections to start the process of agreeing who will take over at the helm of the bloc's top institutions later in the..
Reuters - Published

Respect constitution, EU's Tusk tells Polish leaders

European Council President Donald Tusk called on Poland's political leaders to respect the constitution in a speech in Warsaw on Friday, amid speculation that he may return to domestic politics when..
Reuters - Published

EU steadfast in support for Ukraine, EU's Tusk tells new Ukraine leader

The European Union is steadfast in its support for Ukraine, European Council president Donald Tusk said in a tweet on Tuesday after a telephone conversation with Ukraine's president-elect, Volodymyr..
Reuters - Published

EU president Donald Tusk says Brexit can be stopped: 'We cannot give into fatalism'

The president of the European Council has warned opponents of Brexit not to "give in to fatalism" and accept Britain's departure from the European Union.
Independent - Published

With Halloween the new Brexit deadline, UK lawmakers head off on holiday

After the European Union agreed to delay Brexit by six months to end-October, European Council President Donald Tusk pleaded with Britain: "don't waste this time". Hours later, British lawmakers are..
Reuters - Published

Brexit: EU Council president Donald Tusk says 'maybe we can avoid the UK leaving - it's my quiet dream'

In a dramatic night in Brussels, European leaders rebuffed Theresa May's calls for a short extension to 30 June
Independent - Published

EU's Tusk tells UK: 'Don't waste Brexit overtime'

European Council President Donald Tusk told Britain on Thursday not to waste the extra time to sort out Brexit after the EU agreed a second delay to London's departure until Oct.31.
Reuters - Published

Dutch PM Rutte says he spoke to Theresa May ahead of EU summit

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a tweet he had spoken to British counterpart Theresa May ahead of an emergency European Council summit on Wednesday at which the bloc's leaders will discuss a..
Reuters - Published

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