The idea of a specific EU neighbourhood policy to deal with countries to its east began to gain ground in 2007 and 2008, supported by countries such as Poland and Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

Eighteen months after the last Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, EU leaders gather in Riga today for a two-day summit on the EU’s relationship wi(...)

British prime minster David Cameron: he will come face to face with EU leaders for the first time since his party’s decisive victory in the British general election two weeks ago. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron is expected to make his opening salvo in his bid to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union w(...)

Vladimir Putin: one rumour claimed he had died, another that cosmetic surgery had gone wrong, and another placed him in Switzerland for the birth of a secret lovechild. Photographer: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Since Vladimir Putin vanished from public life 10 days ago, the speculation surrounding the Russian president has been nothing if not dramatic. One ru(...)

Michael Hasenstab bought $7bn in Ukrainian bonds. They are now worth $4bn.

Michael Hasenstab is all about the big trade. It’s a tack that has made him one of the world’s most successful, and famous, bond fund managers during (...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko (right) congratulates newly-appointed prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk during a parliament session in Kiev on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters/Gleb Garanich

Ukraine’s parliament elected Arseny Yatseniuk for a new term as prime minister at its opening session on Thursday.President Petro Poroshenko and a new(...)

 The blame game has resumed – flowers in tribute to the victims of flight MH17 near the entrance to the military airport in Eindhoven, southern Netherlands. Photograph: EPA/Marcel Van Hoorn

The shooting down of MH17 has restored Ukraine to the front pages and reopened with ferocity arguments about who are the good and bad guys in this bru(...)

Ukraine’s government stepped down today, prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced, clearing the way for elections in October as the country finds itself in the grip of events threatening to tear it apart. Photograph: Andrew Kravchenko/EPA

Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced his resignation, opening the way for new elections that would reflect the country’s starkly c(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends a wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the 73th anniversary of Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union, at the tomb of the unknown soldier at the Kremlin walls in Moscow yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Alexey Druzhinin/Ria Novosti

Vladimir Putin has called on both sides in eastern Ukraine to lay down their arms and compromise, giving his strongest backing yet for the peace plan (...)

A funeral steward holds a picture of 17-year-old Vadim Papura during a religious service  in Odessa yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

A day after intense fighting in eastern Ukraine, the region remained on the brink of civil war as a diplomatic initiative to end the confrontation (...)

Pro-Russian protesters outside  offices that were later seized in Donetsk, Ukraine, today. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/New York Times

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said Ukraine should withdraw its military from the eastern and southern regions of the country - a statement that(...)