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Poland's Tusk, Italy's Mogherini get EU top jobs

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk arrives on August 30, 2014 for a European Union summit at EU headquarters in BrusselsEuropean leaders have named Polish Premier Donald Tusk the next EU president and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to head its diplomatic service as the bloc faces a series of challenges topped by Ukraine. Tusk, who speaks only halting English and no French, is the first eastern European to hold such a senior post in the EU and is known as a tough critic of the Kremlin, especially over the Ukraine crisis. “The suspense is up, the new EU leadership team is complete,” said current EU President Herman Van Rompuy moments after the announcement was made. Van Rompuy said the new team faced three major challenges: the stagnating European economy, the crisis in Ukraine which he called “the gravest threat to continental security since the Cold War,” and Britain’s place in the EU.

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