Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) with British prime minister David Cameron. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

The European Union, Nato and a host of international countries gave a strong welcome to the Scottish referendum result yesterday.European Commission (...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Wales earlier this month. Photograph: Doug Mills/ The New York Times

European Union and Nato officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland’s clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted (...)

A pro-Yes motorcyclist trails the saltire flag and the lion rampant flag of Scotland while riding through the town of Kilmarnock in Scotland yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Robert Perry

The referendum on Scottish independence has deep implications not only for the future of the British union, but also for the union of 28 countries tha(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko shows a signed landmark association agreement with the European Union during a session of the parliament in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

The European Parliament ratified the European Union’s association agreement with Ukraine in Strasbourg yesterday, as 2,000km to the east the Ukrainian(...)

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi speaking at the first day of school at the Pino Puglisi Institute  in Palermo,on Monday. Renzi told parliament yesterday that the government’s reform package Italy’s ‘last chance’ to combat its chronic economic decline. Photograph: EPA

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi has called his government’s 1,000-day reform package Italy’s “last chance” to combat its chronic economic decline(...)

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(...)

Scotland’s deputy first Minister Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister Alex Salmond and former deputy leader of the SNP Jim Sillars campaign with activists in Piershill Square, Edinburgh today. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has welcomed comments by Pat Cox that the EU must allow Scotland to join if there is a Yes vote in the forthcom(...)

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 president Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington yesterday before departing for Estonia. Photograph: Reuters/Larry Downing

US president Barack Obama will visit ex-Soviet Estonia today, before a summit of Nato members that will focus on how to respond to Russia’s alleged d(...)

Ukrainian servicemen ride in an armoured vehicle near Kramatorsk today. Russian troops are strengthening their positions in eastern Ukraine and using aid shipments to smuggle in arms and other supplies to separatist forces, Kiev’s military said. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters.

European officials have proposed sweeping new sanctions to starve Russia’s companies of capital and technology as punishment for Moscow’s interventio(...)