A girl plays in a temporary tent camp set up for Ukrainian refugees in the town of Novoshakhtinsk in the Rostov region near the Russian-Ukrainian border today. The Ukrainian government has floated the idea of a Marshall Plan for economic recovery. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters.

Ukraine today said it was confident of receiving further aid under a $17 billion IMF bailout but appealed to Western institutions and donors for furt(...)

Anti-government protesters at a rally in Independence Square in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine’s opposition leaders have presented a “roadmap” to resolve its crisis, amid sharp exchanges between Russia and the West over the turmoil in th(...)

Protesters from the Communist-affiliated trade union PAME shout slogans during a rally yesterday against the government’s plans for cutbacks in medical staff and hospitals in Athens. Photograph: John Kolesidis/Reuters

I would not be surprised or even shocked to see tanks rolling into Athens to signal the advent of a military junta. Apprehensive, but not surprised. I(...)

Former SDLP leaders Mark Durkan and Margaret Ritchie with the former deputy leader of the party Seamus Mallon at the annual SDLP conference, in Armagh. Photograph: Bill Smyth/PA Wire

Saturday afternoon’s session of the annual SDLP conference in the Armagh City Hotel was powerful, poignant and quietly emotional. Anne Cadwallader, au(...)

 SDLP Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell after addressing the party conference in Armagh.

The level of British collusion with loyalist paramilitaries was “truly shocking” but it never justified the actions of the IRA, the SDLP leader Dr Ala(...)

SDLP Leader Dr Alasdair McDonnell after addressing the Party Conference in Armagh. Photograph: Bill Smyth/PA Wire

The level of British collusion with loyalist paramilitaries was “truly shocking” but it never justified the actions of the IRA, the SDLP leader Dr Ala(...)

A photograph of German chancellor Angela Merkel looks out from the front page of Bild on a newspaper stand following her election victory, in Corinth, Greece, yesterday.  Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

As her political rivals scattered like skittles, Angela Merkel bathed in the glow of her election triumph. The first euro zone leader re-elected since(...)

People marching along Dublin’s O’Connell street during an Anti-Austerity march in November 2012.Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Writing in today’s Irish Times, Patrick Honohan, the governor of the Central Bank, defends austerity with a reference to the 1945 experiences of the g(...)

Election campaign billboards featuring SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrueck and German Chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel  in Berlin, Germany. Photograog: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German federal elections are not for the faint-of-heart – or the colour blind. For the first time in decades, when the polls open for 60 million Germa(...)

Kofi Annan : “Rebuilding Syria and taming the region is in everyone’s interest.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Former UN secretary general Kofi Annan said yesterday Syria might require a Marshall Plan-style aid package to rebuild the country whenever the civil (...)