EU leaders arrive for what may well be contentious budget talks in Brussels. The leaders of Germany, France, Britains and Latvia state their positions.
France’s newly reshuffled government is seeking a review of an EU timetable for cutting its budget deficit. Paris wants more time to rebalance its public finances and faces failure to meet an EU target for a second time.
European and African leaders have opened a major summit seeking deeper political, economic and investment ties. The meeting will also focus on conflict prevention, like the violence in the Central African Republic.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that EU leaders will discuss - but likely not impose - broad economic sanctions against Russia at a summit in Brussels. French President Hollande called off an EU-Russia summit.
Paris and Berlin have agreed on possible sanctions after at least 25 people died in violent clashes in Kyiv. The EU is preparing to push through emergency measures following the bloodshed on Tuesday.
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