Incoming European Council president Donald Tusk: said it was possible to combine fiscal discipline and economic growth in Europe. Photograph: Yves Herman

Newly elected president of the European Council Donald Tusk pledged to work with British prime minister David Cameron over the coming years and “take(...)

Poland’s prime minister Donald Tusk is frontrunner for the EU job. Photograph: Reuters/Kacper Pempel

The behind-the-scenes campaign for top European Union positions burst into the open as Polish prime minister Donald Tusk staked a claim to the post of(...)

A Ukrainian soldier passes a tank at a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian town Avdeevka, near of Donetsk. Photograph:  Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine has accused Russia of launching a “direct invasion” by sending an aid convoy of military trucks across the border without its permission, in a(...)

Brothers of the El Agha family grieve their father who was killed after shelling in Khan Yunis, Gaza, yesterday. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

The Israeli security cabinet convened last night to consider a proposal to end the violence in Gaza, based on a five-day truce, during which intens(...)

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 (...)

Omaima, Fatima and Somaia Halawa, sisters of Ibrahim Halawa. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The trial in Cairo of Irish national Ibrahim Halawa set for yesterday has been postponed until August 12th for “technical reasons”.His sister Nosayba(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker after his election as president of the European Commission. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

EU leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny travel to Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the delegation of senior European Union positions, amid expect(...)

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said today securing a ceasefire for the Gaza Strip and preventing an escalation of the latest outbreak of host(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry: said the US was “open to discussions” with Tehran if there was a constructive outcome for Iraq. Photograph: Reuters/Gary Cameron

The United States has ruled out co-ordinated military action with Iran as one of the options being considered to thwart radical Islamic extremists(...)

Pro-Russian protesters gather after exchanging fire with the Ukrainian army outside of Donets today. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Armed pro-Russian separatists and a Ukrainian militia group clashed in the east of Ukraine today, leaving at least two dead and heightening tension be(...)