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Incoming EU chief vows to address Britain's concerns

The incoming president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has pledged to address the concerns of Britain in his new role.

He said the EU and he personally would take on the concerns voiced by Britain about the EU. "No reasonable person can imagine the EU without the UK," he said.

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a referendum on continued EU membership by 2017.

Polish PM Donald Tusk chosen as new EU council head

Poland's prime minister Donald Tusk has been chosen by European Union leaders to become the new president of the European Council.

The top official will chair EU summits and mediate between the 28 governments for the next two-and-a-half years.

Polish leader Donald Tusk has been chosen as the new president of the European Council. Credit: PA

Federica Mogherini, the Italian foreign minister, has also replaced Catherine Ashton as the EU's foreign policy chief.

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Polish PM: Govts 'cannot stigmatise any national group'

The Polish prime minister has told David Cameron that governments "cannot stigmatise any national group and must respect European law".

Donald Tusk's office described a phone conversation between the pair this afternoon as "an open and frank exchange of views".

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Credit: Olivia Harris/PA Wire

It said Mr Cameron explained he had not intended to stigmatise Polish people who work in the UK when he made comments about child benefits payments to migrants.

But Mr Tusk was said to have told the Prime Minister that Poland could not accept such statements, regardless of their original intentions.

Cameron 'makes views clear' with Polish PM

David Cameron and the Polish prime minister have agreed to hold further discussions on the impact of EU free movement on child benefit payments.

The Prime Minister called Donald Tusk this afternoon "to discuss co-operation on a range of bilateral and EU issues", Downing Street said:

The Prime Minister made clear his long-standing view, reiterated in recent days, that the lack of transitional controls for new EU member states in 2004 was the wrong approach and had put pressure on local communities; and that we need to address the impact on countries’ benefits systems, including for example paying child benefit to families living abroad.

– Downing Street statement