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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.

Students take part in a pro-European rally in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv on November 28, 2013. An EU summit to cap years of effort to bring ex-Soviet states into the Western fold opens with its ambitions dented on November 28 after Ukraine, the biggest prize, balked at the last moment under Russian pressure. Kiev's surprise decision to scrap a landmark political and trade accord with the European Union just days before has set off a war of words between East and West reminiscent of the Cold War and sparked some of the biggest protests in Ukraine in a decade.

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Students take part in a pro-European rally in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. An EU summit to cap years of effort to bring ex-Soviet states into the Western fold opens with its ambitions dented on Thursday after Ukraine, the biggest prize, balked at the last moment under Russian pressure. Kiev’s surprise decision to scrap a landmark political and trade accord with the European Union just days before has set off a war of words between East and West reminiscent of the Cold War and sparked some of the biggest protests in Ukraine in a decade.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu K...Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives on October 22, 2013 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, to receive the Sakharov Human Rights prize she won in 1990 at the height of the Myanmar military crackdown. She won the Sakharov Prize in 1990 as the military ignored elections won by her National League for Democracy party after a bloody popular uprising was suppressed. The military put Suu Kyi under house arrest for long periods and she was only freed in 2010, having insisted all the while on the need for reform and democracy in Myanmar.           AFP PHOTO/FREDERICK FLORINFREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/Getty Images

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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, to receive the Sakharov EU human uights prize she won in 1990 at the height of the military crackdown in Myanmar Read more

Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg...Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, July 4, 2013. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)

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Members of the European parliament take part in a voting session in Strasbourg on Thursday.

Marialena, a homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation program, sleeps under a bridge in central Athens...Marialena, a 42-year-old homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation program, sleeps under a bridge in central Athens May 13, 2013. Since the debt crisis erupted in 2009, hundreds of thousands of Greeks have lost their jobs and the unemployment rate in the country reached 26.8 percent in March, new figures show. According to Praxis, a non-governmental organisation, the number of homeless in Greece has nearly doubled to over 20,000 from 11,000 in 2009. Picture taken May 13, 2013. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)    ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 13 OF 41 FOR PACKAGE 'DOWN AND OUT IN ATHENS'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'UNEMPLOYMENT YANNIS'

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Marialena, a 42 year-old homeless AIDS sufferer and former drug addict who is on a methadone rehabilitation programme, sleeps under a bridge in central AthensRead more