European Council president Herman Van Rompuy is accompanied by his grandchildren and EU leaders  during the group photocall at the EU summit. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

As European Council president Herman Van Rompuy arrived for yesterday’s summit, the former Belgian premier was well aware that this could be his la(...)

Poland’s new prime minister, Ewa Kopacz, delivers her policy statement at the Polish parliament in Warsaw yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Radek Pietruszka

Poland’s new prime minister, Ewa Kopacz, has promised to expedite economic reforms before next year’s general election, but said adopting the euro (...)

Civilian volunteers help Ukrainian soldiers dig trenches to fortify the surroundings of Mariupol, Ukraine. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Kiev has warned that a “great war” threatens Europe as pro-Russian insurgents, allegedly backed by Moscow’s military, forced government troops to r(...)

There is a real sense, with the election of Donald Tusk as president-elect of the European Council, that Donald Rumsfeld’s “Old Europe” and “New Europ(...)

Federica Mogherini, who has been nominated as successor for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, whose term ends on October 31st. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Federica Mogherini, the new EU foreign affairs chief, represents the best and the worst of contemporary Italian politics. In a country that for so lo(...)

Polish prime minister Donald Tusk and Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini after they were elected to EU top jobs during the European leaders’ extraordinary summit at EU Council headquarters in Brussels on Saturday. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

The elevation of Donald Tusk to one of the top jobs in Europe marks a coming of age for his native Poland. Ten years after joining the EU, it has secu(...)

 Donald Tusk:  Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall’s fall and 10 years after Poland and a wave of former communist countries joined the EU, the union has appointed its first eastern European leader, one who speaks neither English nor French. Photograph:EPA

Following months of political wrangling and bitter recrimination over the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president, the 28 (...)

 A number of EU commissioner designates, including Irish nominee Phil Hogan (above), will meet incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker this week in Brussels. Photograph: David Sleator

Ireland is interested in securing an EU commissionership related to jobs, investment and growth, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said this weekend, suggesting t(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin called today for meaningful talks between pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and the Kiev government on issues inc(...)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holding a news conference at the European Council headquarters during a EU summit in Brussels today. Photograph: Reuters

Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko has warned of a possible “full-scale war” if attempts to end fighting with Russian troops and rebels in the east of(...)