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(...)

US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman (L), US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (2nd L), US Secretary of State John Kerry (C) and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (2nd R) wait to start a meeting with  Iranian officials in Lausanne. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Reuters

The foreign ministers of Iran and six world powers met on Monday in a final push for a preliminary nuclear accord less than two days before their dea(...)

Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko: said the main task of Ukraine’s leaders was to achieve the “de-oligarchisation” of the country – even though he himself is a billionaire owner of a confectionary company.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Ukraine’s leaders have closed ranks and vowed that a bruising conflict with one of the country’s richest “oligarchs” will not trigger a power strugg(...)

George Soros  speaks with Bloomberg Television anchor Francine Lacqua, right, during an interview recorded at his home in London. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The EU has got its priorities wrong, billionaire investor George Soros said, as he called on Europe to provide financial assistance to Ukraine. It was(...)

Gendarmerie and French mountain rescue teams arrive near the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. Photograph: by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images

July 17th, 2014: Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashes near Grabove in eastern Ukraine. The 298 people on board were killed on the flight from Amsterd(...)

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(...)

 Adi Roche with Dr Igor Polivenok, of Kharkiv General Hospital, one of the international team of ‘flying doctors’ performing life-saving operations on critically-ill children in Kharkiv, eastern Ukraine

The national surgical institute in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second city, grapples with the same problems as countless other hospitals across the country and(...)

The EU’s high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini speaking to  journalists as she arrives for the summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Thierry Charlier

EU leaders pledged to step up efforts to support Libya yesterday, but stopped far short of endorsing a civilian or military mission to the region. Th(...)

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(...)