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.
Foreign ministers of European Union countries are meeting in Brussels to discuss on measures to freeze fighting in Syria. Ukraine's Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk is also due to attend the EU conference in Brussels.
In a flurry of diplomacy ahead of the Christmas holidays, Ukraine's leader visits Brussels while EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini heads to Kyiv. On the agenda: financial aid and reforms.
The European Union has agreed to back a German-UK initiative meant to revive Bosnia's bid to join the bloc. The plan offers the carrot of EU funds in exchange for Bosnian politicians implementing key reforms.
The EU summit in Brussels has ended a day earlier than expected - a sign of the leadership style of new European Council President Donald Tusk. Discussions focused on boosting investment and the crisis in Ukraine.
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