Offices of official European Union buildings are illuminated at dusk in central Brussels. The EU is considering ditching plans to force banks to keep high-risk trading activities separate from their main businesses

The European Union may ditch plans to force banks to keep high-risk trading activities separate from their main businesses because of opposition from (...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker rings the bell to start the first European Commission college meeting under his presidency yesterday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The winds of change swept into Brussels this week as Jean-Claude Juncker and his team of 27 commenced their five-year term at the helm of the European(...)

The Netherlands outgoing foreign minister Frans Timmermans (right) transfers his duties to Bert Koenders at the foreign ministry in The Hague on October 17th.  Photograph: Valerie Kuypers/ EPA

You probably won’t have heard of Bert Koenders, which is typical of the man. Until last week he was the United Nations chief of mission in Mali, so we(...)

All 298 passengers and crew died when the  Malaysia Airlines jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed on July 17th. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

The Dutch foreign minister has apologised for revealing on television that one of the passengers on the Malaysian Airlines flight shot down over Ukrai(...)

European Commission president elect Jean-Claude Juncker: said yesterday his new team “will put Europe back on the path to jobs and growth”. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

A smiling Jean-Claude Juncker greeted journalists in the press room of the European Commission’s Berlaymont building yesterday to unveil the team of c(...)

European Commission president elect Jean-Claude Juncker gestures as he addresses the media on the attribution of portfolios to the Commissioners-designate at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

The incoming head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled an EU executive team today that handed key economic responsibilities to Fr(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker gives a press conference to announce the attribution of portfolios of European Commissioners-designate at EU commission headquaters in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled the European Union executive for the 2014-2019 period. The team, which mus(...)

US secretary of defence Chuck Hagel and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Gen Martin Dempsey, who said Islamic State would remain a danger until it could no longer count on safe havens in Syria. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Iraqi Shia militiamen machine gunned minority Sunni Muslims in a village mosque today, killing dozens just as Baghdad is trying to build a cross-co(...)

Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans: Russian law promoted ‘a climate of homophobia”, which would “stigmatise” LGBT individuals and inevitably lead to discrimination against them. Photograph: Lex van Lieshout/EPA

The Dutch government is to make it substantially easier for gay people in Russian to apply for political asylum in the Netherlands, warning that th(...)

Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki said today after meeting prosecutors at the International Criminal Court that there was “clear evidence” that Israel committed war crimes in Gaza.  Photograph: EPA

Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki said today after meeting prosecutors at the International Criminal Court that there was “clear evidence” (...)