Joint news conference: German chancellor Angela Merkel  and French president François Hollande   yesterday. Photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

After three years of mixed messages and missed chances, two tragedies in three months have kickstarted the stalled Franco-German motor.Chancellor Ang(...)

A dangerous trend is emerging in Russia: the rise  of potentially lethal moonshine, medical alcohol or even cleaning products. File photograph: Getty Images.

As the economic crisis sweeps Russia, a dangerous trend is emerging in the traditionally heavy-drinking country: the rise in consumption of potentiall(...)

A Russian flag is waved behind Ukrainian supporters during a visit by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at Bellevue presidential palace in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Russia expects Ukraine to repay a $3 billion Eurobond in full and on time, deputy finance minister Sergei Storchak said on Monday. In late 2013 Russia(...)

Connected: ‘I’ve been living in Moscow most of my adult life. I work in the shopping centre retail business and co-own the Nobu restaurant here. When I’m not in a suit I’m performing live or recording’
Not Eminem. Just Emin

Who are you? My full name is Emin Agalarov. I’m 36, Muslim and Azerbaijani by birth, but I’ve been living in Moscow most of my adult life. I work in (...)

Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk, in Brussels yesterday after meeting European Council president Donald Tusk, who led calls for EU member states to commit to extending sanctions against Russia. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

European Union leaders were locked in discussions last night about allowing the European Commission greater oversight over energy contracts with supp(...)

Sean Quinn accumulated assets worth an estimated €500m in Russia and Ukraine Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government and Russia’s A1 have failed for a second time to attract bidders for a Kazan-based logistics centre formerly owned by Sean Quinn but n(...)

James Carol: Stephen King’s The Dead Zone was ‘the signpost that led the way for everything that followed’.

James Carol is the Scottish-born author of the Jefferson Winter series of thriller novels - the third, Prey, has just been published by Faber. He l(...)

William J. Maxwell: ‘Poring over novels, stories, essays, poems, and plays as well as political commentary and intercepted correspondence, the FBI acted as a kind of half-buried readers’ bureau with aboveground effects on the making of black art.’

The official and respectable inspiration behind my new book, F.B. Eyes: How J. Edgar Hoover’s Ghostreaders Framed African American Literature, involv(...)

Syrian opposition leader Khaled Khoja speaks after a meeting in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Since unrest erupted in Syria in mid-March 2011, opposition figures and factions have multiplied and mutated on the political level, making common act(...)

Safinar Dzhemilev, at home in Bakhchisarai, Crimea. Russia has banned her husband, a veteran Tatar leader, from entering the annexed region and he now lives in Kiev. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Apricot blossom already dusts the sun-dappled fields of Bakhchisarai, but Safinar Dzhemilev is in no mood to savour springtime in the ancient capital (...)