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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 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-EU activist guards a barricade at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, where massive anti-government protests are ongoing
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.
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 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. 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.
Members of the European parliament take part in a voting session in Strasbourg on Thursday.