Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa took up the mantle passed to him by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, marking the transition from Germany's Presidency to Portugal's Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which is set to begin on 1 January.
“ It is an honour and a great responsibility for Portugal to accept this handover and to continue the work you have begun. ”
António Costa, Portuguese Prime-Minister
Handover of Presidency of the Council of the European Union
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