Swiss president and OSCE chairman Didier Burkhalter gives a press birefing at the end of his meeting with the European Foreign affairs council at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium today. Photograph: EPA

The European Union agreed to impose sanctions on two Crimean companies and 13 more Russians and Ukrainians today, stepping up its response to Moscow’(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel of the CDU  chats with foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of the SPD in the Bundestag on Wednesday. The two have presented a united front on a range of issues, but testing times lie ahead for the coalition partners. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Angela Merkel passed another milestone yesterday, overtaking Helmut Schmidt to become postwar Germany’s third-longest serving chancellor. (...)

Russian navy Tarantul-III class missile boat of the Black Sea fleet prepares for a voyage at the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Western states claim Russia has amassed about 40,000 troops on its border with Ukraine. Photograph: EPA/Sergei Ilnitsky

Nato has suspended co-operation with Russia over its annexation of Crimea and its build-up of forces on Ukraine’s(...)

What next for Putin?
  • Europe
  • March 24, 2014, 08:38

As Russia moved to consolidate its grip on the Crimea on Saturday, evicting unresisting Ukrainian troops from their Belbek and Novofyedorovka a(...)

Ukraine’s acting foreign minister Andrii Deshchytsia looks on during a press conference after a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/EPA.

Russia joined the 56 other members of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) tonight in a consensus decision to send a (...)

People attend a pro-Ukrainian rally in Simferopol yesterday. Ukraine’s interim leaders established a new national guard yesterday and appealed to the United States and Britain for assistance against what they called Russian aggression in Crimea under a post-Cold War treaty. The poster (left) reads: “Crimea is Ukraine”. Photograph: Reuters/David Mdzinarishvili

The European Union is prepared to apply sanctions on Russian officials next week if they support Sunday’s planned referendum in Crimea, through whi(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2012. During a weekend of telephone diplomacy, Merkel told Putin he had “breached international law with his unacceptable intervention in the Crimea”. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

For the 14 years they have known each other, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin have gotten on like cat and dog. Their public remarks strain the (...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel with French president François Hollande as she leaves the Élysée Palace.  Photograph: Reuters

After stagnating for the first 18 months of François Hollande’s presidency, Franco-German relations seemed to blossom at the annual Franco-Germ(...)

Foreign ministers of the EU’s 28 member states are due to meet in Brussels this afternoon for emergency talks on Ukraine. More than 20 people are reported to have died in violence near Independence Square (pictured) in Kiev this morning. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters.

Foreign ministers of the EU’s 28 member states are due to meet in Brussels this afternoon for emergency talks on Ukraine. The crisis in (...)

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier:  “The Swiss have just damaged themselves with this result.” Phpotograph: Reuters

Senior European figures strongly criticised Switzerland’s decision to vote for the reintroduction of quotas on EU migrants yesterday, warning Switzerl(...)

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