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EU leaders meet to plot a new course for EU after elections bring anti-EU groups to the fore

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    French President Francois Hollande discusses with people after voting for the European elections in Tulle, central France, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Voters of 21 nations are casting ballots to decide the makeup of the next European Parliament and help determine the European Union's future leaders and direction. (AP Photo/Bob Edme) (The Associated Press)

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    Britain's anti-European Union party UKIP chairman Nigel Farage talks to the media via a video link from Britain with the European Parliament in Brussels, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Exit polls showed the far right and Eurosceptics making sweeping gains in European Parliament elections Sunday, signaling a major political shift toward parties that want to slash the European Union's powers or abolish it altogether. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe) (The Associated Press)

European Union leaders are seeking a way to bounce back from Sunday's landmark elections that saw a partly hostile and largely apathetic public question their project of closer cooperation as never before.

The parties of leaders like French President Francois Hollande and British Prime Minister David Cameron were shaken to the core by anti-EU challengers, yet they have offered starkly different alternatives on how to deal with the situation ahead of Tuesday's EU summit.

Hollande has said that "France's future is in Europe" and has remained steadfast in the defense of joint policies and common stands. Cameron will increase his calls for drastic reforms to pull powers back from Brussels and give individual member states more breathing space to set their own policies.