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But a stress-free year-end summit can't hide the huge challenges facing the EU in 2015.
EU leaders are struggling to find an escape route from ongoing economic stagnation.
In a region known for port, winemakers along the Douro Valley are taking top prizes for reds and whites.
From gas for Turkey to funding for French rightists, Putin sows division by making deals.
The pork factor is fueling voter anger with mainstream politicians in southern countries.
Some experts worry increased security and surveillance in Europe could lead to a backlash, and a more radicalized public.
Just days into his tenure as president of the European Commission, document leaks put Jean-Claude Juncker in the hot seat.
While attention is focused on the rise of the radical right, a new generation of leftists is also making waves.
The UK’s spat with Brussels is straining Britain’s relations with the rest of Europe and giving the prime minister a headache at home.
Almost 2 million Catalans voted to split from Spain. Many more stayed home.
Catalonia’s vote on independence from Spain this week is raising questions among the neighbors.
The restive Spanish region of Catalonia is preparing for a symbolic referendum on secession, even as the government is moving to block it.
Beijing is snapping up investment bargains in struggling European economies. Is that threatening their future security?
Political uncertainty in Athens is triggering turmoil in the continent's nervy markets.
The Russian leader's visit this week is highlighting Serbia's east-west dilemma.
New leaders at the EU and NATO are facing unprecedented challenges at home and abroad.
A decade after the US invasion of Iraq, France was the first ally to join the bombing campaign against IS.
After the little green men, Putin's new weapons against the West: little yellow fruit.
Fear of a downward price spiral is reviving the specter of Europe's dark times.
Here's a look at those who might be tempted to follow if the Scots end up voting for independence.