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A man known as Marcello Di Finizio stands on the ledge of St Peter's facade to protest against the so-called Bolkestein directive on Monday at the Vatican. The Bolkestein directive is an EU directive aimed at opening up Europe's services sector to cross-border competition.

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A man known as Marcello Di Finizio stands on the ledge of St Peter’s facade to protest against the so-called Bolkestein directive on Monday at the Vatican. The Bolkestein directive is an EU directive aimed at opening up Europe’s services sector to cross-border competition

Pope Francis addresses the European Parl...Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament at the institution's headquarters in Strasbourg, November 25, 2014. Pope Francis urged European lawmakers to do more to help migrants and not to allow the Mediterranean to become a "vast cemetery.

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Pope Francis addresses the European Parliament at the institution’s headquarters in Strasbourg. Pope Francis urged European lawmakers to do more to help migrants.

A woman reacts as she walks in between photos of anti-Yanukovich protesters killed during clashes, during a commemoration ceremony for them in Kiev...A woman reacts as she walks in between photos of anti-Yanukovich protesters killed during clashes, during a commemoration ceremony for them in Kiev November 21, 2014. Ukrainians marked the first anniversary of Ukrainian pro-European Union (EU) mass protests which caused a change in the country's leadership and brought Ukraine closer to the EU.

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A woman reacts as she walks inbetween photos of anti-Yanukovich protesters killed during clashes in Kiev. Ukrainians marked the first anniversary of the country’s pro-EU mass protests that caused the removal of former president Viktor Yanukovich

Yes supporters await the arrival of  First Minister Alex Salmond to meet Scots and other European citizens to celebrate European citizenship and "Scotland's continued EU membership with a Yes vote" at Parliament Square in Edinburgh.

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Yes supporters await the arrival of First Minister Alex Salmond to meet Scots and other European citizens to celebrate European citizenship and “Scotland’s continued EU membership with a Yes vote” at Parliament Square in Edinburgh

Jean-Claude Juncker receives David Cameron, British Prime Minister...epa04319307 A handout photograph made available by the European Commission showing new president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (R) receiving British Prime Minister, David Cameron as EU leaders met in Brussels, Belgium, 17 July 2014.  Jean-Claude Juncker, confirmed by the European Parliament on 15 July 2014 as the next European Commission president with only David Cameron and Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban. EU leaders failed on 16 July 2014 to agree on top political appointments, successors need to be found most urgently for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and President Herman Van Rompuy.  EPA/LIEVEN CREEMERS / EUROPEAN COMMISSION / HANDOUT  HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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A handout photograph made available by the European Commission shows Jean-Claude Juncker and David Cameron giving each other a high five. 

Ukip poster campaign...Ukip leader Nigel Farage stands with Paul Sykes (left) and an unnamed man at the launch of his party's European election bilboard campaign in Barkers Pool, Sheffield. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 22, 2014. The anti-European Union (EU) party is using £1.5 million of funding from millionaire ex-Tory donor Paul Sykes to launch its biggest-ever publicity drive ahead of the May 22 poll which many observers believe it could win. See PA story POLITICS Ukip. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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Ukip leader Nigel Farage (centre) stands with Paul Sykes (left) and an unnamed man at the launch of his party’s European election billboard campaign in Barkers Pool, Sheffield. The anti-European Union party is using £1.5 million of funding from Mr Sykes, a millionaire ex-Tory donor, to launch its biggest-ever publicity drive ahead of the EU elections on May 22. 

Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade set at the Ukrainian regional Security Service building on the eastern city of Donetsk on Monday. Ukraine's embattled prime minister today accused Russia of trying to "dismember" his country by plotting seizures of government buildings in eastern regions that are seeking to break away from Kiev.

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Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade set at the Ukrainian regional Security Service building on the eastern city of Donetsk on Monday. Ukraine’s embattled prime minister today accused Russia of trying to “dismember” his country by plotting seizures of government buildings in eastern regions that are seeking to break away from Kiev.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel looks through her window as she arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels March 21, 2014. EU leaders added 12 people to a list of those subject to travel bans and asset freezes for their part in Russia's seizure of Crimea on Thursday and begin preparations for economic sanctions if Russia expands its footprint in Ukraine.

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Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel looks through her car window as she arrives at the EU leaders summit in Brussels

An anti-Yanukovych protester cries near a memorial for the people killed in clashes with the police at Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday delayed the formation of a new government, reflecting political tensions and economic challenges following the ouster of the Russia-backed president. Parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchinov, who was named Ukraine's interim leader after President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital, said that a new government should be in place by Thursday, instead of Tuesday, as he had earlier indicated.

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An anti-Yanukovich protester cries near a memorial for the people killed in clashes with police at Kiev’s Independence Square, the epicenter of Ukraine’s unrest. The Ukrainian parliament on Tuesday delayed the formation of a government, reflecting political tensions and economic challenges following the ouster of the Russia-backed president.

German Economy Minister and vice-chancel...German Economy Minister and vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (C) gives a statement on February 12, 2014 in Berlin. The German government expects growth of Europe's top economy to pick up sharply this year and next, driven largely by domestic demand, Gabriel said.     AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELEJOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images

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Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s energy and economy minister, gives a statement in Berlin. The German government expects growth to pick up sharply this year and next, driven largely by domestic demand, Mr Gabriel said. 

Anti-government protesters sit at a road...Anti-government protesters sit at a road block in Kiev on February 6, 2014. Ukraine's unrest erupted in November 2013 after President Viktor Yanukovych rejected an association agreement with the European Union in favour of closer ties with Moscow, and the turmoil has now become an all-out movement to oust him.  AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINISARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Anti-government protesters sit at a road block in Kiev on Thursday. Ukraine‘s unrest erupted in November 2013 after President Viktor Yanukovych rejected an association agreement with the EU in favour of closer ties with Moscow, and the turmoil has now become an all-out movement to oust him. 

An anti-government protester stands at a road block in Kiev on February 3, 2014. Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Ukraine on Sunday in a bid to wring new concessions from President Viktor Yanukovych, buoyed by pledges of support from Europe and the United States. More than 50,000 people could be seen on Kiev's barricaded Independence Square -- that has become the epicentre of a two-month protest movement -- and thousands more were arriving.

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An anti-government protester stands at a road block in Kiev on Monday. Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in Ukraine on Sunday in an attempt to wring new concessions from President Viktor Yanukovich, buoyed by pledges of support from Europe and the US.

Protesters warm up themselves at a fire during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev, Ukraine, 27 January 2014. The Ukrainian opposition had called on 26 January for more negotiations with the government, just hours after rebuffing an invitation to join the administration. Ukraine has seen violent protests since November 2013. The demonstrations have been led by pro-Europe activists angry that President Viktor Yanukovych had decided against an association agreement with the European Union in favour of closer relations with Russia.

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Protesters pause during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev, Ukraine.

Members of the EU Parliament take part in a vote during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

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Members take part in a vote during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso pose for a family picture during an EU summit focused on the common security, Defence policy and Economic and Monetary union, in Brussels on December 19, 2013. The European Union took a historic leap towards greater integration just hours ahead of a summit today, with a deal on a banking union to prevent a re-run of the eurozone's recent crisis.

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Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades, German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission president José Manuel Barroso pose for a picture during an EU summit focused on common security, defence policy and economic and monetary union, in Brussels on Thursday. The EU took a historic leap towards greater integration, with a deal on a banking union to prevent a re-run of the eurozone’s recent crisis.

A man dressed as a bear, walks near a barricade during a gathering of pro-European integration protesters, while waiting for paid photographs with tourists, in central Kiev...A man dressed as a bear, walks near a barricade during a gathering of pro-European integration protesters, while waiting for paid photographs with tourists, in central Kiev December 16, 2013. The opposition went ahead with preparations for another big rally for Tuesday against what they see as moves by President Viktor Yanukovich to sell out national interests to Russia after backing away from a landmark deal with the European Union that would have shifted their country westwards.

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A man dressed as a bear walks near a barricade put up by pro-European integration protesters in central Kiev on Monday. The opposition went ahead with preparations for another big rally for Tuesday against what they see as moves by President Viktor Yanukovich to sell out national interests to Russia after backing away from a landmark deal with the EU that would have shifted Ukraine westwards.

A Pro-European Union activist guards a barricade in the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. A leader of the massive anti-government protests in Ukraine's capital says opposition members will attend roundtable talks with President Viktor Yanukovych in order to push their demands for early elections. The announcement by Vitali Klitschko came about 30 minutes before the talks, which also include religious, student and labour representatives, were to begin. The opposition previously had rejected an invitation to the talks.

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A pro-EU activist guards a barricade at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, where massive anti-government protests are ongoing

Riot police officers block Pro-European Union activists gathered at the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. The policemen, wearing helmets and holding shields, formed a chain across Kiev s main street outside the city building. Organizers called on protesters to vacate the city hall and the other building which the opposition had used as its headquarters.

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Riot police officers block Pro-EU activists gathered at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. The policemen formed a chain across Kiev’s main street outside the city building.

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A man throws a flare in the direction of Ukraine interior ministry members, during a rally held by supporters of EU integration in Kiev.

Ukrainian students stand hand in hand to...Ukrainian students stand hand in hand to create a human chain symbolizing the unity of Ukraine with the EU in front of the tents set up by supporters of Yulia Tymoshenko in Kiev on November 2013. The chain begins on the Kiev's Independence Square  and, according to the organizers, must end at the border with Poland, the nearest EU country bordering the Ukraine. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told an EU summit on Friday that Kiev wanted to sign a historic pact with the bloc "in the near future" but needed economic and financial aid. The European Union will not accept a Russia "veto" or any other meddling in its ties with other nations, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said Friday. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKYSERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images

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Ukrainian students stand hand in hand as part of a human chain organised by pro-EU protesters to symbolise the unity of Ukraine with Europe. The chain, pictured here in front of a portrait of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, began in Kiev’s Independence Square and snaked out along a passing thoroughfare in the capital.