Both the gun battle for Donetsk airport, in which some 50 separatists are reported to have died over the past two days, and the election at the weeken(...)

Iraqi elections are seen as a “democratic watershed”, though they  may lead to deepening tensions. Above, municipal workers clean up at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/ Reuters

When voters flocked to the polls throughout Afghanistan in unexpectedly large and enthusiastic numbers 10 days ago, they were doing far more th(...)

 Michel Barnier:  One of three candidates  seeking the nomination for the position of president of the European Commission. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)

Up to 2,000 delegates arrive in Dublin today for the start of the European People’s Party (EPP) conference, where the group will pick its prefe(...)

Released Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko speaks with her supporter in downtown Kiev last week. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Freed Ukraine opposition leader Julia Tymoshenko, newly-elected Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Ukrainian opposition figure Vita(...)

Ukraine’s fateful moment
  • Europe
  • December 20, 2013, 01:00

‘I know of only one place where there’s free cheese – a mousetrap.” This comment by Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk on the agreement by (...)

Activists hold European Union and Ukrainian flags during a meeting to support EU integration at European Square in Kiev on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP

Amid the dense, 177-page coalition agreement hammered out by Germany’s two largest parties in the early hours of yesterday morning, one detail in part(...)