Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (2-L) speaks with opposition leaders Arseniy Yatsenyuk (3-R), Vitali Klitschko (2-R) and Oleh Tyagnybok (R) during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Mykhailo Markiv/Epa/Pool

Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich has offered top government posts to two liberal opposition leaders in a bid to quell protests that are growing (...)

Pro-European integration protesters take cover from water sprayed from a fire engine at the site of clashes with riot police in Kiev January 23rd, 2014. Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko

Two months after they began, the shape of Ukraine’s protests is shifting, their mood darkening. Talk of civil war is growing, and the country of 46 mi(...)

Traffic signs emerge from the river banks of the swollen Danube in Budapest. Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban,  said the city could face major problems not only from the height of the water but from damage and disruption to sewage works and other systems.  Photograph: Reuters/Laszlo Balogh

The Danube has risen to record heights as Hungary hopes the efforts of thousands of emergency workers and volunteers to reinforce the city’s flood def(...)

Syrian refugees wait in line for a daily bread ration distributed by the World Food Program at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon has urged world powers to organise Syrian peace talks “as soon as possible”, to seek an end to a c(...)

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek in Brussels this week. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The European Commission has flagged the danger of “excessive imbalances” in Slovenia’s economy, as the ex-Yugoslav republic seeks to save its b(...)

International Monetary Fund mission chief Delia Velculescu and European Commission representative Maarten Verwey arrive for a meeting with Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades at the presidential palace in Nicosia yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Cyprus drew a blank from its first day of intensive talks with Russia on possible financial aid that could help the island (...)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech during a business conference in Budapest. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Germany is leading a chorus of international criticism of Hungary ’s decision to change its constitution and restrict the powe(...)

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