Latvian president Andris Berzins welcomes German chancellor Angela Merkel at the House of the Blackhead in Riga  at the start of the EU Eastern Partnership Summit. Photograph: Alain Jocardalain/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel has attempted to ease Russian concerns ahead of the Riga summit, stressing that the EU’s eastern partnership policy (...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Mr Flanagan has said that  the Government is not in a position to outline its precise approach to the  issues in the UK’s debate on its future in the EU until its government presents a formal plan. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is not in a position to outline its precise approach to the three “pivotal” issues in the UK’s debate on its future in the EU until its(...)

Migrants after disembarking from the migrant offshore aid station vessel Phoenix in Augusta, Sicily. The European Commission is to introduce a “European Agenda on Migration” today. Photograph: Francesco Malavolta/AP

The European Commission has amended part of its migrant strategy ahead of today’s announcement of a European agenda on migration, in the face of oppos(...)

UK government members assemble for prime minister David Cameron’s first cabinet address following last week’s election. A spokesman for Mr Cameron has said that  he may hold an early referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU depending on negotiations with the bloc. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/PA Wire

UK prime minister David Cameron will hold an early referendum on membership of the European Union if he can first reach a deal that satisfies his dema(...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron poses for a group photo with newly-elected Conservative MPs at the Houses of Parliament in central London. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

David Cameron has concluded a “steady-as-she-goes” post-election reshuffle, which saw the most senior jobs remain in the same hands as the prime minis(...)

 Michael Gove, who was demoted last year from education secretary to government chief whip, is one of the most radical of David Cameron’s team. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Newly appointed justice secretary Michael Gove has been ordered by prime minister David Cameron to draft a new human rights act quickly to curb the a(...)

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers: Set to learn on Monday if she is to keep the Northern Ireland portfolio. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Northern Secretary Theresa Villiers, who has said she would be delighted to stay on in the Stormont job, is expected to learn her fate on Monday as Br(...)

Police officers raise their batons as a smoke bomb goes off at the gates of Downing Street during a protest against the Conservative Party in central London. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

UK prime minister David Cameron has confirmed Michael Gove is to return to the top of government as justice secretary and lord chancellor. He w(...)

David Cameron moved swiftly to put a stamp of continuity on his new administration by reappointing Chancellor George Osborne, Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Home Secretary Theresa May and Defence Secretary Michael Fallon to their old posts within hours of his reinstallation in 10 Downing Street.  Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/WPA Pool/Getty Images

David Cameron is spending the weekend drawing up a list of ministers for his first all-Conservative cabinet, after the shock UK general election resul(...)

David Cameron’s success in securing an unexpected overall majority meant that the DUP and first minister Peter Robinson’s hope that it would be “kingmaker” in dictating who is the next British prime minister was not realised. Photograph: EPA

British prime minister David Cameron, fresh from winning the most extraordinary House of Commons victory in modern times, has insisted that he will(...)