Russian president Vladimir Putin: declared his ambition to forge the Eurasian Union in 2011. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images

A new four-nation economic bloc appeared at the start of 2015, promising free movement of goods and services across an area that is home to more than (...)

Serbian and Albanian players clash during the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying match in Belgrade. Photograph: Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Serbia have been awarded a 3-0 victory over Albania following their postponed Euro 2016 qualifier but they have also been deducted three points and or(...)

Albanian fans wait for Albania’s national soccer players to arrive, after the Euro 2016 Group I qualifying soccer match between Serbia and Albania, at Mother Teresa airport near Tirana. Photograph: Arben Celi/Reuters

Serbia and Albania are facing stiff sanctions after Uefa charged the countries with a number of offences following the abandoned Euro 2016 qualifier i(...)

Ty Gorelashvili (foreground) and Praise Limbila at the flower display in the residents organic garden at the Eglinton asylum seekers’ accommodation centre in Salthill, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Sweetpea, coriander, potatoes, peas and broccoli are thriving in Galway’s first community garden run by asylum seekers in a direct provision centre(...)

Germany’s Philipp Lahm:  “I’d much rather be considered one of the favourites than one of the underdogs.” Photo: Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images

The idea, Joachim Löw had said, was “to bid Germany farewell with a smile”. Friday’s effortless 6-1 win over Armenia in the last friendly did leave s(...)

Algeria’s El Arbi Hilal Soudani (left) celebrates his goal with fellow goalscorer against Romania Nabil Bentaleb. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi / EPA

Algeria 2 Romania 1Algeria again looked anything but World Cup outsiders as they beat Romania 2-1 with a lively performance in a friendly marred by un(...)

This document brings our countries to a new stage of integration, says Russia’s president Vladimir Putin. Photograph:  Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a treaty with Kazakhstan and Belarus yesterday creating a vast trading bloc which he hopes will challenge the (...)

Conchita Wurst with the trophy after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen last night. Photograph: EPA

There are Eurovision victories - and then there are historic Eurovision victories. Last night’s was one of the latter, as Conchita Wurst won the conte(...)

 Anastasia and Maria Tolmachevy of the Tolmachevy Sisters from Russia perform on stage during the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen, Denmark. Photograph:  Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images

Global tensions found their way into Eurovision Song Contest last night: the announcement that Russia had qualified for Saturday night’s final was met(...)

Smoke rises after what activists said was shelling by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the Armenian Christian town of Kessab on April 4th. The Syrian border overrun by militant rebel groups last month. Photograph: Reuters

In the hills overlooking the Mediterranean sea’s most easterly shoreline, a group of elderly men sit around a backgammon table laughing and arg(...)