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March 25, 2017

Brexit talks will fail without compromise: José Manuel Barroso

Former European commission president says constructive negotiations between EU and UK leaders are needed to reach a deal

Brexit negotiations are on course to fail unless both Britain and the European Union ditch their winner-takes-all approach to the coming talks, the former president of the European commission José Manuel Barroso has said.

With just days to go before Theresa May formally notifies Brussels of the UK’s intention to leave the EU, Jean-Claude Juncker’s predecessor said the two sides were playing a dangerous game.

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March 9, 2017

Donald Tusk re-elected as European council president

Former Polish PM wins second term with support from almost all EU countries, but in teeth of fierce opposition from Warsaw

Donald Tusk has won a second term as European council president, overcoming bitter opposition from Poland that soured the mood of an EU summit in Brussels.

Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, was re-elected with overwhelming support to lead the European council, the body that organises EU leaders’ meetings, for a second term lasting two and a half years. His reappointment until the end of 2019 means he will play a crucial role in Britain’s negotiations to leave the EU.

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February 20, 2017

Mike Pence pledges ‘strong commitment’ to EU on Brussels visit

US vice-president strikes emollient tone as he urges continued cooperation and partnership between America and Europe

The US vice-president, Mike Pence, has attempted to mend fences with European leaders by pledging support for the EU, following hostile comments from Donald Trump and his supporters.

On his first visit to Brussels since assuming office, Pence said on Monday the new administration wanted to work in partnership with the EU. “It is my privilege on behalf of President Trump to express the strong commitment of the United States to continued cooperation and partnership with the European Union,” he said.

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February 3, 2017

EU leaders round on Trump and reject May’s bridge-building efforts

Prime ministers and presidents at Malta summit line up to scorn Trump’s conduct, accusing him of lack of respect

European leaders launched a series of attacks on Donald Trump over his anti-EU rhetoric on Friday, accusing him of a lack of respect, as Theresa May’s attempts to position herself as a bridge with the new US president were roundly rejected at a summit in Malta.

Trump’s conduct was scorned by prime ministers and presidents, with the French leader, François Hollande, warning there would be no future for Europe’s relations with the US “if this future isn’t defined in common”.

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