A pro-Russian separatist and a woman gather near a damaged building following what locals say was a recent airstrike by Ukrainian forces in Donetsk today. Photograph: Reuters

Russia has amassed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine’s eastern border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian or peace-keeping mission(...)

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(...)

Poland’s prime minister Donald Tusk  who won a confidence vote  over secret recordings of private conversations between senior officials that has caused Poland’s worst political crisis in years. Photograph: Jerzy Dudek/Reuters.

Polish prime minister Donald Tusk yesterday won a vote of confidence in parliament, facing down for now at least opponents who say he should quit over(...)

Whispers in Warsaw

On one tape head of central bank Marek Belka is overheard discussing with interior minister Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz in unparliamentary and robust langu(...)

US president Barack Obama is welcomed by Polish prime minister Donald Tusk at the latter’s office in Warsaw yesterday.   Photograph: Reuters/Kacper Pempel

World leaders, lead by US president Barack Obama, will pay tribute to two Polands today. The first is the Poland that, on this date 25 years ag(...)

“A lot of what the Brits think about Europe is quite a common thought across Europe. It is only in Britain where some people say, ‘Now we want out of the whole thing’,” says Tony Blair.

Few leaders get ejected from office if they lead, argues Tony Blair. Sitting in his office yesterday, Tony Blair’s train of thought about the European(...)

Luxembourgian Jean-Claude Juncker (right), top candidate of European People’s Party, poses with life-size cutout figure of himself, as he’s welcomed by Youth of the European People’s Party in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

EU leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny will travel to Brussels next Tuesday to discuss the appointment of the next European Commission president, w(...)

Ukranian military soldiers man a highway checkpoint  near Slovyansk, Ukraine. Photograph: John Moore/Getty

Pro-Russian separatist rebels have killed seven Ukrainian soldiers in an ambush, undermining a European bid to broker dialogue between Kiev and resti(...)

Yellow and white balloons are released as Catholic faithful celebrate the canonisation of Pope John XXIII and John Paul II in the hometown of Karol Wojtyla, who later become Pope John Paul II, in Wadowice yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Agencja Gazeta/Michal Lepecki

Poland came to a standstill yesterday as bells tolled and crowds cheered the canonisation of their pope, John Paul II. More than 20,000 people (...)

Polish prime minister Donald Tusk and German chancellor Angela Merkel  met last Friday to discuss the situation in eastern Ukraine. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

A decade after it joined the EU on a sunny day in Dublin, Poland is once more feeling an eastern chill. The crisis in Ukraine has electrified P(...)