Poland’s prime minister Donald Tusk is frontrunner for the EU job. Photograph: Reuters/Kacper Pempel

The behind-the-scenes campaign for top European Union positions burst into the open as Polish prime minister Donald Tusk staked a claim to the post of(...)

Patients and relatives gather in a hospital basement after an early-morning shelling that hit the hospital compound in central Donetsk, Ukraine. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Ukraine has accused Russia of sending military vehicles over the border ahead of today’s planned meeting between the countries’ leaders, as fighting (...)

People watch as a convoy of hearses arrives at the Korporaal van Oudheusdenkazerne in Hilversum. Photograph: EPA

The European Union has extended sanctions against senior Russian officials in the wake of the shooting down of the Air Malaysia flight last week.Two h(...)

Malta’s prime minister Joseph Muscat listens to Britain’s prime minister David Cameron as Taoiseach Enda Kenny walks past during the European Union summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A special European summit to make top EU appointments ended in stalemate early this morning, potentially dealing a blow to Dublin’s campaign to secure(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with British prime minister David Cameron and  EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton at the  summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

EU leaders failed to agree on the appointment of two senior EU jobs yesterday evening, potentially deferring the final decision until the end of Augus(...)

Tourists look at a wax figure of German chancellor Angela Merkel in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin yesterday.  Madame Tussauds wax museum put the figure on public display to mark Ms Merkel’s 60th birthday on Thursday. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

A decade ago, when Angela Merkel turned 50, the birthday girl’s party guests were treated to a surprise. Not a singer or, heaven forbid, a stripper, b(...)

A local woman greets Ukrainian soldiers in central Slaviansk yesterday. The city, which the government wrested control from pro-Russian separatists 10 days ago, suffers from a lack of electricity and water. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged the European Union to take tough action against Russia over the separatist conflict in Ukraine’s easter(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker after his election as president of the European Commission. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

EU leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny travel to Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the delegation of senior European Union positions, amid expect(...)

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi arrives to the plenary session at European Parliament in Strasbourg to present the programme of the Italian presidency. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The European Union must regain people’s “trust and confidence” Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi said yesterday, in a speech to mark the start of(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko at a press conference during the European leaders’ summit in Brussels yesterday.  Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

EU leaders handed down a four-day deadline to Russia to release prisoners in Ukraine and enter talks with president Petro Poroshenko on a definitiv(...)

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