A Canadian soldier (left) lights a German prisoner’s cigarette during the first World War at Paschendale on the western front, November 1917. In an editorial more than three years earlier, the Berliner Tageblatt newspaper said there was still reason to expect that “all of Europe will not be set alight because of a few Serbian agitators and duke murderer”. Photograph: Reuters

The Austrian-Serbian War/Diplomatic Ties CutAn Unsatisfactory AnswerJubilation in ViennaDeparture of the Serbian ambassadorPrime minister [of Serbia N(...)

Thibaut Courtois, the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper  will challenge Petr Cech for the Blues’ number one jersey this season. Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA Wire

Petr Cech is determined to fight for his place as his decade-long reign as Chelsea’s preferred goalkeeper comes under threat for the first time. Belgi(...)

Holvi, a new online Finnish banking alternative, will open its virtual doors for business in Ireland next month.The start-up, which is already operati(...)

Kaiser Wilhelm II distributing iron crosses on the Western Front in the first World War in 1916. Only days before the outbreak of the war in 1914, Serbs hoped a conflict could be averted. Photograph: PA

TODAY’S SITUATION Yesterday was one of Belgrade’s most interesting and important days. The situation was very serious but Belgrade stayed dignified, c(...)

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso: on a trip to Israel last month he said the EU could offer a “special privileged partnership” to both Israel and a future Palestinian state. Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/AFP/Getty Images.

Foreign policy moved to the top of the EU agenda this week following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.But while Tuesday’s meeting of forei(...)

File photo  of a Ryanair plane landing. Photograph: PA

Ryanair is awaiting the outcome of 14 other European Commission investigations into claims it is receiving illegal state aid from some of its airport(...)

A regiment of French marine fusiliers arriving in the ruined square in Cambrai, France, in 1914, after the outbreak of the first World War. As late as July 25th that year Le Petit Parisien newspaper hoped that war could be avoided. Photograph:  PA

Will Serbia give in to the Austrian ultimatum? Such complete humiliation would be tantamount to abdication Such is the general opinion France and Russ(...)

The European Commission has ordered Ryanair to repay nealry €10 million in illegal state aid it received from France for operating at three small regi(...)

Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife, Sophie, on the Appel Quay in Saraevo shortly before their assassination on June 28th, 1914. The murders led to Austria delivering an ultimatum to Serbia on July 23rd, which in turn led to the outbreak of the first World War. Photograph: EPA/Museum of Military History, Vienna

Will the Austrian government’s ultimatum be sent to Belgrade today? Reports in yesterday’s Vienna Free Press in relation to the tone of the dip(...)

 Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match against Colombia. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

Chelsea’s Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has been spared national service, the Barclays Premier League club have confirmed.It was feared that Salah wo(...)