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People attend a rally in Moscow to support the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea to Russia. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

‘A far-off country of which we know little” was Neville Chamberlain’s argument for doing nothing about Hitler’s 1938 annexation of Czechoslovak(...)

Russian Ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin listens during an address by United States Ambassador to the UN Samanatha Power during a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the crisis in Ukraine, tonight. Photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

Russia launched new military exercises near its border with Ukraine today, showing no sign of backing down on plans to annex its neighbour's Cr(...)

Supporters hold pictures of Aleksandar Vucic, the leader of the Serbian Progressive Party, during a pre-election rally in Belgrade, Serbia. Photograph: EPA

Ivanka Milenkovic is feeling optimistic. Having studied in Holland, the Belgrade native returned to Serbia in the 1990s to work as a biologist.(...)

European Commission president José Manuel Barroso infuriated Scottish nationalists when he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that Scotland would have to renegotiate EU membership in the event of a vote for independence. Photograph: PA

The tricky issue of secessionism reared its head in Brussels this week as the debate about Scottish independence intensified. European (...)

Handout photo issued by the BBC of Andrew Marr (left) and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso appearing on BBC1’s current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show today. Photograph: PA/BBC

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said states breaking away from existing EU countries would struggle to gain EU membership, furthe(...)

 German president Joachim Gauck speaking  at the 50th Munich Security Conference in  Munich yesterday.  Photograph:  Joerg Koch/Getty Images

German president Joachim Gauck has urged his fellow citizens to show greater confidence in themselves and demonstrate greater willingness to engage in(...)

The Irish contingents will be required to be in a constant state of readiness for immediate deployment for a six-month period each year in the event of an EU military intervention in a global emergency. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government has given the go-ahead for the Defence Forces to prepare two contingents for participation in EU battlegroups next year and in 2016. Th(...)

British prime minister David Cameron  and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte  during the first day of a European Council summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Thierry Roge/EPA

European leaders pledged to deepen defence co-operation and improve the capacity of member states to conduct peace-keeping missions, at a summit last (...)

Palestinian riot police officers scuffle with protesters during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty

  The blocks are hurled at the police, bounce off their shields and fall to the ground. The young Palestinian men keep advancing towards t(...)

Activists hold European Union and Ukrainian flags during a meeting to support EU integration at European Square in Kiev on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP

Amid the dense, 177-page coalition agreement hammered out by Germany’s two largest parties in the early hours of yesterday morning, one detail in part(...)

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