British prime minister David Cameron president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker  at the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga last week. They meet for formal discussions today. Photograph: Valda Kalnina/EPA

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker travels to the UK today for talks with David Cameron in the first bilateral meeting between the Br(...)

Polish president Bronislaw Komorowski: opponents have chipped away at a once comfortable lead  and he is now more than 10 points short of outright victory.   Photograph: Piotr Wittman/EPA

Poland’s election year kicks off tomorrow with a presidential poll that could influence the outcome of autumn parliamentary elections.Incumbent Broni(...)

The surprise Tory triumph makes one thing virtually certain - a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union is likely to take place within the next two years.  Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg.

In many ways the decisive victory for the Conservative Party represented the worst possible outcome for those concerned about Britain’s future in the (...)

Poland’s prime minister Ewa Kopacz meets UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon in Gdansk in advance of commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the second World War in Europe. Photograph: Adam Warzawa/EPA
VE Day commemorations

Poland’s president Bronislaw Komorowski is leading international commemorations today marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the second World War,(...)

A life jacket on a Member of the European Parliament’s desk  next to a leaflet with the slogan “I am a migrant” after a voting session including a vote on a report concerning the latest tragedies in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Reuters

The European Parliament has called on the European Union to introduce a binding quota system to distribute asylum seekers across member states, in res(...)

Petro Poroshenko (right) welcomes  European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to Kiev on Monday. Juncker said the country’s 45 million people were ‘part of our European family’, but painful reforms were necessary before it could join the union. Photograph:  Genya Savilovgenya/AFP/Getty Images

European Union officials have given Ukraine a pep talk on the urgent need for sweeping reforms and anti-corruption measures, as the country’s presiden(...)

Former Polish foreign minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski who died over the weekend. Photograph:  AFP PHOTO/DPA/ STEPHANIE PILICK

Polish politician, writer and activist Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, who was persecuted both by the Nazis and Polish communists before serving two terms as(...)

Migrants on board of Italian Navy ship ‘Chimera’ before disembarking in the southern harbour of Salerno. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters

This week the world looked on in horror as images of desperate migrants fleeing North Africa flashed across TV screens. The European Union has (...)

Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel with British counterpart David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel during the  EU leaders summit in response to the migrant crisis. Photograph: Reuters

As the world watched footage of desperate migrants scrambling to reach European shores this week, the need for a global and European response to the t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  arrives at the European Council headquarters for an extraordinary summit of EU leaders to deal on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean. Mr Kenny says the State will contribute a ship to rescue efforts in the region. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

The Republic is to contribute a fully crewed and equipped ship to search and rescue efforts in the Mediterranean, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Speak(...)