Annual inflation in Germany fell to its lowest level in nearly five years in November.  Photo: Bloomberg

Annual inflation in Europe’s largest economy fell to its lowest level in nearly five years in November, suggesting the risk of deflation in the wider (...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko (right) congratulates newly-appointed prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk during a parliament session in Kiev on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine’s parliament elected Arseny Yatseniuk for a new term as prime minister at its opening session on Thursday.President Petro Poroshenko and a new(...)

The funeral of Igor Rozlutskiy, a Ukrainian soldier who was killed fighting in Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. Photograph:  EPA/Photomig

Russian forces are still operating in eastern Ukraine, providing the backbone of separatist rebels fighting the Kiev government, Nato’s top military c(...)

Abkhazia’s separatist president Raul Khadzhimba and Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin    during the   ceremony in which they signed a ‘strategic partnership’ pact in Sochi on Monday. The EU, US and Nato  joined Georgia in denouncing the pact. Photograph: Alexey Druginyn/EPA/RIA Novosti

The European Union, United States and Nato have joined Georgia in denouncing a “strategic partnership” pact between its breakaway Abkhazia region and (...)

 German Minister of Finance Wolfgang Schaeuble attends the European Banking Congress (EBC) in Frankfurt. Photograph: Boris Roessler/EPA

A sharp rise in private consumption more than compensated for stubborn weakness in investment, helping the German economy post modest growth in the th(...)

Over the course of the year, suppressed demand due to warmer than usual weather conditions has been a major driver of lower wholesale gas prices. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Irish wholesale gas prices rose 6 per cent in November, but remain 20 per cent lower year-on-year, according to this month’s Vayu Wholesale Energy Mar(...)

 Trust, a social and health agency working with the homeless, assisted people of 15 nationalities in a recent week. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

In just two days this month 54 people attended a social and health agency premises in Dublin’s Liberties. Trust, a non-denominational, befriending, s(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: “We understand the fatality of an Iron Curtain for us.” Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin blamed the West for worsening relations with Russia since the Ukraine crisis and said Moscow would not allow itself t(...)

City in flames: Ukrainian anti-government protesters throw Molotov cocktails during clashes with riot police in Kiev in January. Photograph: Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP/Getty
A year in Ukraine

For some it will always be the smell of firewood or burning tyres, or the taste of hot soup sipped through freezing lips. For others it will be a n(...)

Allies: former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich  greets Vladimir Putin in 2012. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/AFP/Getty

November 21st, 2013 About 2,000 Ukrainians protest on Independence Square in Kiev against their government’s decision to freeze talks on a trade and p(...)