Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: “The EU has accepted the problem is not only Italy’s. It has agreed to send ships but now they have to accept the quota system.” Photograph: EPA/Angelo Carconi

Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, has accused other EU members states of shirking their responsibility to accept asylum seekers after Spain and(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at a meeting of EU foreign and defence ministers  in Brussels. The bloc has agreed a naval mission targeting people smugglers in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The EU has agreed a naval mission in the Mediterranean to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya, but parts of a broader plan to deal with the inf(...)

Israel responds to Hizbullah attack with air and ground strikes on southern Lebanon. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Israeli leaders convened on Wednesday night to consider their response after two Israeli soldiers were killed and seven wounded in a Hizbullah atta(...)

A demonstration in favour of Catalan independence in 2010. A recent opinion poll suggested 60 per cent of people in the region favour a split from Spain. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Crimea’s secession from Ukraine has inevitably drawn comparisons with other territories seeking to break away from the state that governs them.(...)

Recently appointed European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly (above) appears to have prompted action by EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia in relatio(...)

The health of Spanish king Juan Carlos and his future as monarch have come under scrutiny this week, as he was operated on for the fifth time in 18 months. Photograph: Reuters

The health of Spanish king Juan Carlos and his future as monarch have come under scrutiny this week, as he was operated on for the fifth time in 18 mo(...)

An aerial view of Gibraltar. Photograph: Matt Morton/PA Wire

British prime minister David Cameron is “seriously concerned” by reports that Spain may introduce fees at the border with Gibraltar and close its airs(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

A corruption scandal that has been plaguing Spain’s governing Partido Popular (PP) for months has intensified, with new revelations prompting calls fo(...)

A demonstrator from the pro-China “Caring Hong Kong Power” group protests over claims from former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency hacked computers in the Chinese territory. Photograph: Reuters

The revelations about US government spying on the phone and internet records of individuals within the 28-member European Union have threatened to o(...)

Ecuador’s president Rafael Correa (centre), flanked by Argentina’s foreign minister Hector Timerman (right) and Ecuador’s foreign minister Ricardo Patino, attend yesterday’s presidential meeting in Cochabamba. Photograph: Danilo Balderrama/Reuters

President Evo Morales warned he could close the US embassy in Bolivia as South America’s left-wing leaders rallied round after his plane was rerouted (...)