Cyprus, which joined the European Union in 2004, is taking over the six-month rotating presidency from Denmark.
A new law in Hungary has sparked concerns about media freedom.
Belgium has assumed the European Union presidency for a six-month term.
Spain has taken over the presidency of the EU and the Prime Minister says his country will strive to end Europe`s economic crisis.
Day in Pics: 26th October
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