Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (second from right) and EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy (right) exchange documents during the signing ceremony of political provisions of the Association Agreement with Ukraine at the second day of spring European head of states summit at the EU council headquaters in Brussels, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

The EU yesterday extended sanctions to close allies of Russian president Vladimir Putin, including the deputy prime minister a(...)

Austrian chancellor and leader of the Social Democratic Party Werner Faymann leaves after a TV debate following the Austrian general election yesterday. Photograph: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

Austria’s pro-Europe, centrist coalition appear to have won enough votes to form a new government, staving off a strong challenge from the Eurosceptic(...)

Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann. He ran a campaign calling for a €1,500 minimum monthly wage, tax cuts for lower earners and wealth taxes. Photograph: Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images

Austrian voters are likely to return their little-loved grand coalition when they go to the polls to elect a new government tomorrow.Austrian chancell(...)

Israeli soldiers walk during training close to the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights last month. “Undof is the indispensable blue wedge that has kept Israel and Syria from renewing hostilities. And without it, the Israeli Defence Forces would move directly into contact with Islamist rebels as well as Syrian government forces.” Photograph:  Reuters/Baz Ratner

On July 16th, the Government approved its most dangerous military deployment since taking office, agreeing to send a mechanised infantry company to th(...)

Spain’s Economy Minister Luis de Guindos talks to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan during an European Union finance ministers meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir /Reuters

The European Union agreed today to force investors and wealthy savers to share the costs of future bank failures, moving closer to drawing a line unde(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said yesterday there was a “danger that they won’t be able to open the banks again at all” in Cyprus. Photograph: Reuters

Berlin has said there is “no point crying over spilt milk” following the Cypriot rejection of an EU rescue proposal and pressed Nicosia yesterd(...)

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel takes a forceful strong line against any lifting of the Syrian arms embargo. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule (Reuters)

A demand by France and Britain to ease the Syria n arms embargo to provide weapons to the rebels ran into resistance at the su(...)

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