The OAG said the criminal proceedings, which were opened on March 10th, are separate to a US criminal investigation into the allocation of media, marketing and sponsorship rights for soccer tournaments. Photograph: Ruben Sprich/Reuters 2:13

Soccer‘s governing body Fifa called the arrest of six of its leading figures on bribery charges a “difficult moment“ but said President Sepp Blatter w(...)

According to numerous news reports Swiss law enforcement officials arrested several leading FIFA representatives at a hotel in Zurich on corruption charges. Photograph: EPA. 2:13

The world governing body of football, Fifa, was plunged into an unprecedented crisis on the eve of its congress in Zurich after Swiss authorities arre(...)

Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov: controls an 80,000-strong paramilitary group which has displaced Russian federal troops as the guarantor of Chechnya’s security. Photograph: Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the exiled former Russian oligarch, has released a documentary film that challenges the Kremlin to rein in Ramzan Kadyrov, th(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko at the European Union Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, on May 22nd. A parliamentary member of Merkel’s CDU party who described Russia as a ‘warmonger’ has been refused entry to that country, Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Germany formally protested to Russia yesterday over Moscow’s refusal to let a conservative German member of parliament into the country, a decision Be(...)

Singer Mans Zelmerloew representing Sweden poses with the trophy after winning the final of the 60th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters.

Sweden won the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday with Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw. The Swedish song won with 365 points, giving it a comfortable m(...)

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(...)

Unidentified men carry the body of an Ukrainian serviceman who reportedly was killed in fighting at the Donetsk International Airport, during an exhumation of bodies of Ukrainian servicemen which was organized by the OSCE and Red Cross at the destroyed Donetsk International Airport. Photograph: Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Amnesty International has accused government and rebel forces in Ukraine of torturing prisoners and claims the militants have executed detainees, as (...)

 Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow performs during rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest final. The Swede is one of the favourites to win this year’s competition. Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/EPA

By 8pm tomorrow, the results of the same-sex marriage referendum will almost surely be known, and the country will be wrung out and in the need of a l(...)

Cadets of Kiev’s new police patrol service training at Ukraine’s interior ministry academy. It is hoped this new wave of officers will be the start to police reform in Ukraine. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

In a sports hall echoing with shouted warnings, occasional giggles and the rasp of closing handcuffs, young Ukrainians lunge at each other with batons(...)

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(...)