British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Wales earlier this month. Photograph: Doug Mills/ The New York Times

European Union and Nato officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland’s clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted (...)

Ukrainian servicemen ride in an armoured vehicle near Kramatorsk today. Russian troops are strengthening their positions in eastern Ukraine and using aid shipments to smuggle in arms and other supplies to separatist forces, Kiev’s military said. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters.

European officials have proposed sweeping new sanctions to starve Russia’s companies of capital and technology as punishment for Moscow’s interventio(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with British prime minister David Cameron and  EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton at the  summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

EU leaders failed to agree on the appointment of two senior EU jobs yesterday evening, potentially deferring the final decision until the end of Augus(...)

Czech lawmakers leave the parliamentary chamber in Prague after the Czech parliament dissolved itself today. Photograph: Petr Josek/Reuters

The Czech parliament voted yesterday to dissolve itself, triggering an early election which could hand the Communist Party a share in power for the fi(...)

Czech Republic’s prime minister Petr Necas who said  he had no intention of resigning from his post after a series of police raids on government offices. Photograph: Petr Josek/Reuters

The Czech government is reeling after several prominent political and intelligence figures were arrested in a stunning anti-corruption sweep. Some 400(...)