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It is an uphill task, overshadowed both by genuine policy differences and by haggling over the jobs of Commission and Council presidents, foreign policy chief, parliamentary speaker and director of the European Central Bank
(UPDATED) European leaders begin the work needed to determine the EU's political direction
The key job to be filled is that of president of the European Commission, the union's powerful chief executive, a five-year post currently held by Jean-Claude Juncker
(3rd UPDATE) The populist party, founded just 3 months ago, has capitalized on public anger over delays to Britain's exit from the European Union, winning almost 32% with almost all votes counted
The European Union elections are marked by successes for the far right, a surge by the Greens and setbacks for traditional parties across the continent
Here are the main reactions to the announcement UK Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation
Together for Catalonia accuses the electoral commission of wanting to 'silence and push aside' Carles Puigdemont 'so that he can't explain what he represents at the heart of European institutions'
Europe's $12 billion claim against Boeing comes on the trail of a similar demand by the US for $11 billion in compensation for EU subsidies towards Airbus
However, France says it will make a show of opposing the start of the talks when the negotiating mandate is put to a vote of EU agriculture ministers seen as largely symbolic
However, the IMF chief says: 'It's obvious that it's continued uncertainty and it does not resolve, other than by postponing what would have been a terrible outcome'
(UPDATED) Britain will be able to leave before October 31 if its parliament finally manages to ratify the hotly-contested divorce deal Theresa May reached with the bloc
The deal struck during late night talks in Brussels means that, if London remains in the EU after May 22, British voters will have to take part in European elections – or crash out on June 1
UK Prime Minister Theresa May asks to be given until June 30 to arrange Britain's orderly departure, but EU leaders fear that won't be long enough and are now expected to offer her up to a year
Her huddles with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin and President Emmanuel Macron in Paris come on the eve of another tension-packed summit in Brussels
Switzerland has the world's 16th highest rate of gun ownership according to a 2017 report by the Small Arms Survey
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she still hopes a chaotic Brexit could be avoided next week
Earlier, MPs voted in favor of a Brexit delay that would avoid Britain crashing out of the EU on April 12
Almost immediately after the House of Commons voted to reject the withdrawal agreement, an EU Council official says Brexit will be postponed until April 12
Lawmakers in parliament's lower House of Commons defy Theresa May's plea to end the political deadlock, defeating her withdrawal agreement by 344 votes to 286
'AFM Patrol Vessel P21 stopped the tanker from entering the Maltese territorial waters,' the Armed Forces of Malta says in a statement
(UPDATED) At risk of losing control of the process of leaving the European Union, Theresa May says she will resign if parliament backs her withdrawal agreement
EU's Operation Sophia will rely on air missions and close coordination with Libya despite the political chaos that has scarred the country since 2011
French President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Angela Merkel, and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker meet with the visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping in Paris
(UPDATED) 'Of course there are differences and competition, but it's positive competition,' Xi Jinping tells a press conference in Paris with the leaders of France, Germany, and the European Commission
'Until April 12, anything is possible,' EU Council President Donald Tusk tells reporters at the close of the EU summit in Brussels
(3rd UPDATE) European Union president Donald Tusk says the UK accepts EU's extension scenarios
(UPDATED) Theresa May has insisted that she will not oversee a long delay, which would increase pressure at home for a general election or for a second Brexit referendum that might reverse the decision to leave
Here is a look at the most likely scenarios heading into the March 29 Brexit deadline
(3rd UPDATE) But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says it is unlikely they will reach a decision without a clear signal from London on what MPs want
The speaker of parliament's lower House of Commons John Bercow says MPs could not be asked to vote again on the same deal in this session of parliament
Former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson urges Prime Minister Theresa May to use the EU summit to wring more concessions out of the bloc before risking a third vote
The European Parliament only has an advisory role with regard to the EU's negotiating mandate, but it will have the final say once an agreement has been concluded
EU leader Donald Tusk says he 'will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it'
'This inclusion was made despite the UAE's close cooperation with the EU on this issue and ongoing efforts to fulfil all the EU's requirements,' an official statement says
(UPDATED) MPs are expected to vote against leaving the bloc without a deal but it remains the default option unless an alternative can be secured by March 29, the scheduled Brexit date
Italy has long resisted the addition of the UAE. The Middle East powerhouse has recently made significant investments in the economically troubled European country.
(UPDATED) Attorney General Geoffrey Cox says the risk in the most contentious points of the 585-page withdrawal deal agreed with the EU 'remains unchanged'
Germany's ambassador Daniel Kriener was among more than a dozen foreign representatives who welcomed opposition leader Juan Guaido at Caracas airport, but so far the only one deemed 'persona non grata'
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has informed the European Commission that 'no solution has been identified at this point that is consistent with the withdrawal agreement'
'This town fund smacks of desperation from a government reduced to bribing MPs to vote for their damaging flagship Brexit legislation,' says Labour finance spokesman John McDonnell
(UPDATED) The embattled leader will ask lawmakers to approve a 3-step plan that would give her more time to rework a draft deal struck with the European Union more than 3 months ago
(UPDATED) But British Prime Minister Theresa May also stresses that she wants to leave the European Union on time
(UPDATED) US Vice President Mike Pence takes direct aim at allies Britain, France, and Germany, denouncing their new initiative to let European companies operate in Iran in defiance of unilateral US sanctions
The latest spat has erupted after Italy's deputy prime minister and Five Star chief Luigi Di Maio said he had met with 'yellow vest' anti-government protesters outside Paris
'I've been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely,' says European Union leader Donald Tusk
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose government survived a coup bid in July 2016, has given support to Nicolas Maduro in the wake of the crisis, telling him in a phone call to 'stand tall'
With exactly two months to go until Britain is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29, Theresa May is going to attempt to change the agreement she herself negotiated
The measures come after a nightmare year for Facebook, marked by a series of scandals over data protection and privacy and concerns that the leading social network had been manipulated by foreign interests for political purposes
Hun Sen urges the army to 'destroy... revolutions that attempt to topple the legitimate government,' adding he is 'not afraid to issue an order' if faced with threats
Brussels negotiator Michel Barnier says the bill will still be settled at some point, even if London rejects the withdrawal agreement Britain signed in November and crashes out on March 29