1 September 2014, Brussels – On 30 August, the European Council elected its new President, Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland, and appointed Federica Mogherini, the Italian foreign minister, as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
EU leaders also discussed the weak economy and the situation in Ukraine, Gaza and Iraq.
EU heads of state or government will meet on 30 August in Brussels for a special meeting of the European Council on the appointment of a new President of the European Council and a new EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
In light of the latest developments, leaders will also discuss international developments, in particular the situations in Ukraine, Iraq and Gaza.
29 August 2014, Brussels - The Syria crisis has become the largest humanitarian and security disaster in the world. An estimated 10.8 million people inside Syria need assistance. Out of these, more than 6.4 million people are internally displaced. Around 4.7 million people reside in areas that are hard to reach, including about 241 000 people in areas that are besieged by either government or opposition forces.