The Saturday summit – as it happened
Leaders of the European Union’s member states are meeting at a summit in Brussels today (30 August) to choose who will become the next EU foreign policy chief and president of the European Council.
The leaders elected Donald Tusk, the prime minister of Poland, to be the next president of the European Council. They appointed Federica Mogherini, the foreign minister of Italy, to be the next EU high representative for foreign affairs. Mogherini must still be confirmed by the European Parliament.
The leaders will now move on to discussing the crisis in Ukraine. The conflict reached a new level this week as Ukraine reported that Russian troops have openly invaded the country. Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian president, has asked the EU to level new sanctions against Russia in response. He is in Brussels today and will be briefing EU leaders on the further escalation of the crisis.
The day began with a meeting of centre-left leaders in Paris at 10am. Liberal leaders met in Brussels at 1.30pm, followed by centre-right leaders at 2pm. The summit began at 4pm, when leaders met European Parliament president Martin Schulz.
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