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Former chancellor Nigel Lawson (left) and former business secretary Lord Peter Mandelson at the Institute of Directors convention at the Royal Albert Hall, London, to debate the future of the European Union.
A child from from Dofteana, northern Romania wearing a bear fur, lies on an office building’s steps while taking a break from performing a holiday season ritual in Bucharest, Romania. In pre-Christian rural traditions, dancers wearing colored costumes or animal furs, tour house to house in villages singing and dancing to ward off evil. In recent years following the economic downturn in Romania, a European Union member since 2007, the tradition has moved to Romania’s cities where dancers travel to perform the ritual for money during the Christmas and New Year’s period.
Students attend a rally in support of EU integration in Kiev. Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich poured scorn on his jailed rival, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, on Wednesday, saying the question of her imprisonment should not hinder Kiev’s integration with the EU.
Members of the European parliament take part in a voting session in Strasbourg on Thursday.