EU leaders were focussing on reforms at their final summit of the year -- like boosting economic competitiveness. But so far they've only agreed on a time frame.
Germany's Vice Chancellor has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin amidst tensions over the crisis in Syria. Gabriel wants to build bridges between Germany and Russia, despite controversy over his visit back home.
Aleppo has turned into the largest battleground since Syria's conflict erupted in 2011, according to the UN's head. More than 200 people have been killed since the Syrian army launched their latest siege of the city.
The EU is planning to massively increase its border controls. Those who want to enter have to register, or apply for a visa. The goal is more security, though EU citizens will be spared.
The new EU data protection law aims to improve consumers' legal situation when it comes to their personal information. But experts question whether the laws will have any real impact.
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