The number of Russian troops and weaponry along the border with Ukraine is increasing and is “well over 12,000”, Nato military commander General Phil(...)

German chancellorAngela Merkel can make daring leaps if they are politically opportune. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel spent the weekend packing for her summer holidays: walking shoes, sun cream and encrypted mobile phone. Distrac(...)

A Serbian policeman stands in front of the bodies of ethnic Albanian rebels from the KLA-Kosovo Liberation Army in the village of Rogovo,  80km (50 miles) southwest of Pristina, in  1999. Photograph: Dudas Szabolcs/AP

A new international court, funded by the European Union, is expected to begin hearings in the Netherlands as (...)

Former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt  warned western leaders against pushing for military action in Ukraine, saying this would “possibly stimulate the Russian appetite”. Photograph: EPA/Maurizio Gambarini

Former German chancellor Helmut Schmidt has attacked the West’s Crimea strategy and described Russia’s annexa(...)

People attend a rally in Moscow to support the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea to Russia. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

‘A far-off country of which we know little” was Neville Chamberlain’s argument for doing nothing about Hitler’s 1938 annexation of Czechoslovak(...)

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin listens during an address by United States Ambassador to the UN Samanatha Power during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the crisis in Ukraine, tonight. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Russia launched new military exercises near its border with Ukraine today, showing no sign of backing down on plans to annex its neighbour's Cr(...)

Supporters hold pictures of Aleksandar Vucic, the leader of the Serbian Progressive Party, during a pre-election rally in Belgrade, Serbia. Photograph: EPA

Ivanka Milenkovic is feeling optimistic. Having studied in Holland, the Belgrade native returned to Serbia in the 1990s to work as a biologist.(...)

European Commission president José Manuel Barroso infuriated Scottish nationalists when he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that Scotland would have to renegotiate EU membership in the event of a vote for independence. Photograph: PA

The tricky issue of secessionism reared its head in Brussels this week as the debate about Scottish independence intensified. European (...)

Handout photo issued by the BBC of Andrew Marr (left) and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso appearing on BBC1’s current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show today. Photograph: PA/BBC

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said states breaking away from existing EU countries would struggle to gain EU membership, furthe(...)

 German president Joachim Gauck speaking  at the 50th Munich Security Conference in  Munich yesterday.  Photograph:  Joerg Koch/Getty Images

German president Joachim Gauck has urged his fellow citizens to show greater confidence in themselves and demonstrate greater willingness to engage in(...)