Brussels wants three issues resolved before moving forward: how debts will be paid off, guaranteeing the rights of expatriates, and settling the EU-UK land border in Ireland.
Following footage of a slave auction in Libya, European leaders vow to work with African countries to address illegal migration in Africa during an AU-EU summit. European leaders also hope to stem the tide of migrants heading to Europe.
To avoid a snap election and government shut down which could threaten the Brexit talks, the Irish deputy prime minister has announced her resignation following harsh criticism over her handling of a whistleblower in a police corruption case.
Britain's plan to exit the European Union is complicated by its relationship with Northern Ireland, Britain's only land border with the EU. Brexit negotiations stalled after the Democratic Unionist Party declared it would not support an open Irish border.
The conservative Polish Prime Minister Beata Sydzlo of the Law and Justice party hinted in a tweet that she may soon be replaced. Speculations are finance minister Mateusz Morawiecki will likely take the helm to ease tensions with the European Union.
USS Nimitz Logistics Spc. 3rd Class Michael Zegarra swings his wife Caterina into the air as they embrace on the pier at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Wash., on Dec. 10. The USS Nimitz returned from a six-month deployment.
Prince Harry announces his engagement to his actress girlfriend Meghan Markle, a divorcée. The British monarchy has traditionally disapproved of marriage to divorcées, so acceptance of Harry's engagement marks a modern shift in attitude for the monarchy.
Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to form a three-part coalition and now faces an uncertain future for German politics. Political pathways could include a renewed effort to form a coalition between former political partners or a parliamentary vote for chancellor.
At a European Union summit, leaders laid out standards for fair labor markets and welfare systems. With the newly created European Pillar of Social Rights, leaders aim to emphasize the EU's commitment to social, not just monetary, issues.
In order to maintain power, German Chancellor Angela Merkel aims to form a three-way coalition between the Free Democrats, the Greens, and her own Christian Democrats. Failure to clinch a deal could lead to new elections and another opportunity for the political far-right.
French President Emmanuel Macron extended an invitation to the Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in efforts to end tensions with Saudi Arabia and begin the resolution process.