The new leaders of the European Union have taken power in Brussels, in a changing of the guard that promises a more austere, less maverick approach. 

In contrast to the fiercely independent Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk, the new EU chiefs are already battling suspicions they are puppets controlled by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron.

Mr Tusk infuriated EU leaders with his scathing criticism of Brexiteers and itchy Twitter finger which lead to him being dubbed the “Bercow of Brussels” by one exasperated diplomat. Mr Tusk is brutally blunt in his attacks on Vladimir Putin and the US president, who he calls “the other Donald”.

“The president of the European Council is meant to be an efficient…

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