European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (left), Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko and Latvia prime minister Laimdota Straujuma before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, Latvia, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters/Ints Kalnins

The spiral domes alongside the art nouveau architecture of Latvia’s capital city are testimony to the complex cultural heritage of this eastern corner(...)

Latvian president Andris Berzins welcomes German chancellor Angela Merkel at the House of the Blackhead in Riga  at the start of the EU Eastern Partnership Summit. Photograph: Alain Jocardalain/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel has attempted to ease Russian concerns ahead of the Riga summit, stressing that the EU’s eastern partnership policy (...)

The idea of a specific EU neighbourhood policy to deal with countries to its east began to gain ground in 2007 and 2008, supported by countries such as Poland and Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

Eighteen months after the last Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, EU leaders gather in Riga today for a two-day summit on the EU’s relationship wi(...)

British prime minster David Cameron: he will come face to face with EU leaders for the first time since his party’s decisive victory in the British general election two weeks ago. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron is expected to make his opening salvo in his bid to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union w(...)

Polina Gagarina of Russia received a warm reception from the 10,500-strong audience to qualify for the  final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on on Tuesday night in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty Images 2:08

Hotly-tipped Russia qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final last Tuesday night and received a strong response from the 10,500 audience members(...)

Linas Linkevicius (Lithuania), Martin Lidegaard (Denmark), Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson (Iceland), Peter Stenlund (Finland), Margot Wallstrom (Sweden) and Boerge Brende (Norway) at the Nordic-Baltic summit  of foreign ministers in Elsinore, Denmark, on Tuesday. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/EPA

The European Union will implement a free-trade pact with Ukraine from next year despite Russian pressure for another delay, according to a draft state(...)

A 30km exclusion zone remains in place around the plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine, which is near the border with Belarus.

Emergency services are battling to prevent Ukraine’s largest forest fire since 1992 from spreading towards the abandoned Chernobyl nuclear power plant(...)

The ninth-century Tatev Monastry, an icon of the ancient Armenian Apostolic Church, reached by the world’s longest aerial tramway. Photograph: Hayk Melkonyan

“Whole generations have been lost. We are left without children and it means we are left without a future.” I remember those words vividly. They were (...)

Ukrainian soldiers leaving to serve in the country’s troubled eastern regions. Six servicemen have been killed in separatist attacks in east Ukraine. Photograph: Sergey Bobok/AFP/Getty Images

At least six Ukrainian servicemen were killed in separatist attacks in Ukraine’s troubled eastern regions in a weekend marking the first anniversary o(...)

 Adi Roche with Dr Igor Polivenok, of Kharkiv General Hospital, one of the international team of ‘flying doctors’ performing life-saving operations on critically-ill children in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine

The national surgical institute in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, grapples with the same problems as countless other hospitals across the country and(...)