The European Commission has cut its growth forecast for the 19-member euro zone this year to 1.6 percent.
As European Union leaders meet in Brussels for the last time this year, three major items dominate the agenda: Brexit, defense and migration. However, Emmanuel Macron's push for eurozone reforms will likely have to wait.
As Prime Minister Theresa May enters the second phase of Brexit negotiations, a poll commissioned by UK daily The Independent shows that more than half of Britons want to remain in the European Union.
The EU has given the formal green light for a second phase of negotiations on Britain's departure from the bloc. The talks will now focus on a transition period and the future trading relationship between the two sides.
In a major blow to Theresa May's government, the British parliament has granted itself the power to determine the fate of a final Brexit deal. The move follows the European Parliament's warning on London back-pedaling.
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