EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Friday were upbeat on Ukraine, saying that Russia could not block the country's European future. But above all they looked relieved as they looked back on a year winding down without a homegrown crisis.
French President Emmanuel Macron is addressing the European Parliament about his plans for reforms of the EU. But it remains to be seen whether it can convince the French and other Europeans of its pro-European ideas.
The French president's urgent demands for EU reform could well be slowed down when he visits Berlin this week. Angela Merkel's conservatives are not on board with his plans to expand the bloc's bailout program.
French President Emmanuel Macron is headed to Berlin on a trip aimed at bringing Chancellor Angela Merkel into his corner on EU reforms. But when it comes to European policy, the two leaders remain far apart.
The EU and Mexico have agreed "in principle" to update their 18-year-old trade deal. The move sends a message to the US after President Donald Trump announced a series of protectionist trade measures.
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