German chancellor Angela Merkel: when her own phones were tapped, she said, “Spying on friends is just not on.” Photograph: Roni Rekomaa/AFP/Getty Images

When confronted with Edward Snowden’s allegations of US National Security Agency mass surveillance of European citizens, EU institutions, and even on(...)

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis: appeared to offer some concessions ahead of yesterday’s meeting, which was attended by Minister Michael Noonan. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis

Greece won little leeway from creditors at a eurogroup meeting in Riga yesterday, as senior European Union officials warned that the country must acc(...)

EU leaders at an emergency summit on the migration crisis on the Mediterranean.   Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

European Union leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened after hun(...)

Alexis Tsipras met the head of Russia’s state-owned gas company Gazprom on Tuesday amid signs a commitment to building a joint pipeline between the Black Sea and Greece may be in the offing. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to discuss the escalating Greek standoff with German chancellor Angela Merkel tomorrow in Brussels, ah(...)

Mourners at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Museum in the Armenian capital, Yerevan. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Turkey has said it “shares the pain” of Armenians who are marking a century since their ancestors were massacred by the Ottomans, but vowed never to (...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi whosaid the collapse of post-Gadafy Libya was one of the main reasons behind the Mediterranean migrant crisis. Photograph: EPA

The absence of a coherent ‘plan B’ for post-Gadafy Libya is one of the main problems behind the Mediterranean migrant crisis, according to Italian pri(...)

Greece has  dismissed reports that it needs to tap remaining cash reserves to meet salary payments  Photograph: Reuters

Greece’s major creditors are not ready to let the country drop out of the euro as long as prime minister Alexis Tsipras shows willingness to meet a(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who along with her French counterpart François Hollande,  has been notably quiet in their public comments on the trade pact. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

European Commission officials travel across the Atlantic next week for talks on the European Union-United States trade deal as the ninth round of n(...)

VW’s key players Wolfgang Porsche and Ferdinand Piech.

The power struggle at Volkswagen escalated over the weekend, as a rift emerged between the Porsche and Piëch families that control the carmaker and(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian president Vladimir Putin attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: AFP Photo

Ever since the election of the Syriza-led government just over two months ago the shadow of Russia has been a looming presence in the current Greek st(...)