Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven announces his new government in parliament in Stockholm yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Jonas Ekstromer

Sweden’s new centre-left minority government took office yesterday, with prime minister Stefan Löfven promising to secure opposition support by pur(...)

Military members from Nato countries that have had service members wounded or killed during operations hold flags of their nations prior to a moment of silence at the start of the Nato summit. Photograph: Alain Jocard/EPA

Amid the growing chill with neighbouring Russia, Finland and Sweden have agreed to tighten their ties with Nato. The decision of the two non-members (...)

Froam left: Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusic, Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini and EU high representative for foreign affairs Catherine Ashton prior to the start of a foreign affairs council meeting at the EU council headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

EU foreign ministers threatened Russia with deeper economic sanctions yesterday, ordering the European Commission to draw up proposals on specific (...)

A protester prays as he holds an open Bible during an anti-government protest in  Kiev today. Photograph: EPA

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov urged European governments today not to interfere in Ukraine’s political crisis and expressed concern that eve(...)

Eugenia Tymoshenko, daughter of jailed Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko, wearing a T-shirt with her mother’s photograph during an interview on the sidelines of an Eastern Partnership summit. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP Photo

in VilniusUkrainian president Viktor Yanukovych flew to Lithuania yesterday to face EU leaders for the first time since his government halted negotia(...)

A supporter of jailed Ukrainian ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko feeds a pigeon in a protest tent camp in central Kiev earlier this month.  Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine’s hopes of signing landmark political and trade deals with the European Union hang in the balance amid wrangling over the fate of jailed forme(...)

The EU has denounced Russia’s use of threats, intimidation and import bans to persuade several ex-Soviet states not to strengthen political and trade (...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said yesterday the foreign ministry would take over nuclear negotiations. Photograph: IRNA handout via Reuters

The European Union and Iran will discuss a resumption of nuclear negotiations during a United Nations gathering this month, possibly setting a date fo(...)