Germany ended its six-month rotating presidency of the European Union on Saturday and handed over power to Portugal for the remainder of the year.
The symbolic transfer took place in Berlin where German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier passed the baton to his Portuguese counterpart, Luis Amado.
When Portugal takes over the presidency on Sunday it will face the challenge of getting the revamped EU reform treaty approved, but that is not the only priority on its agenda.
Lisbon will also try to refocus EU foreign policy to look southwards, relaunching relations with Africa, intensifying Mediterranean dialogue and Middle East peace efforts, and establishing a privileged partnership with Brazil.
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