Froam left: Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusic, Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini and EU high representative for foreign affairs Catherine Ashton prior to the start of a foreign affairs council meeting at the EU council headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

EU foreign ministers threatened Russia with deeper economic sanctions yesterday, ordering the European Commission to draw up proposals on specific (...)

Former Polish honorary consul in Monaco Wojciech Janowski hides his face as he leaves a police station by car in Nice, France today. He is suspected as the mastermind behind the killing of his mother-in-law Helene Pastor, one of Europe’s wealthiest women. Photograph: EPA.

The son-in-law of a wealthy Monaco heiress shot dead last month was placed under investigation by a French judge on suspicion of having ordered the ki(...)

Poland’s prime minister Donald Tusk  who won a confidence vote  over secret recordings of private conversations between senior officials that has caused Poland’s worst political crisis in years. Photograph: Jerzy Dudek/Reuters.

Polish prime minister Donald Tusk yesterday won a vote of confidence in parliament, facing down for now at least opponents who say he should quit over(...)

Ukrainians living in Belgium at a protest against Russia’s incursion into Crimea, outside the meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

The US and European Union yesterday stepped up their response to the Russian incursion into Ukraine, imposing(...)

Foreign ministers of the EU’s 28 member states are due to meet in Brussels this afternoon for emergency talks on Ukraine. More than 20 people are reported to have died in violence near Independence Square (pictured) in Kiev this morning. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters.

Foreign ministers of the EU’s 28 member states are due to meet in Brussels this afternoon for emergency talks on Ukraine. The crisis in (...)

A supporter of jailed Ukrainian ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko feeds a pigeon in a protest tent camp in central Kiev earlier this month.  Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine’s hopes of signing landmark political and trade deals with the European Union hang in the balance amid wrangling over the fate of jailed forme(...)