Local people take part in the independence referendum at a polling station in Mariupol, Ukraine. Photograph: Alexey Furman/EPA

Nearly 90 per cent of voters in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk voted for self-rule, the head of the separatist election commission said la(...)

Guy Verhofstadt, Martin Schulz, Ska Keller  and Jean-Claude Juncker before the first European Commission presidential debate in Maastricht on Monday. The candidates are to debate again on May 9th. Photograph: Marcel Van Hoorn/EPA

As European Parliament president Martin Schulz left Dublin’s Connolly station yesterday morning on the train to Belfast, the German socialist may h(...)

 Catherine Day, secretary general of the European Commission: “It’s like a lot in life. Timing is everything. “Conor McCabe Photography.

Europe’s top civil servant has said political conditions do not favour a swift renewal of the Government’s stalled campaign to “cash in” a pledge b(...)

Egypt’s army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (l) walks with Gen. Sidqi Sobhi after meeting with members of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, in Cairo today. Photograph: Egyptian Ministry of Defence/handout via Reuters

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the Egyptian general who ousted his country’s first freely-elected leader, declared his candidacy today for a presidentia(...)

European council president Herman Van Rompuy addresses a news conference after a European Union leaders summit in Brussels. Photoggraph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

European leaders agreed to accelerate their quest for more secure energy supplies at talks today, saying Moscow’s annexation of Crimea made the(...)

 Enda Kenny arrives for a meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP) ahead of a European Union summit, in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny today set out Ireland’s position on energy policy and climate change targets as part of a wider discussion on EU energy se(...)

A woman holds a portrait of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin during celebrations on the main square of the Crimean city of Simferopol after Mr Putin signed laws completing Russia’s annexation of Crimea today. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters.

Russian president Vladimir Putin signed laws completing the annexation of Crimea today, as investors took fright at a US(...)

French President Francois Hollande and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of spring European head of states Summit at EU council headquaters in Brussels, Belgium on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

SUZANNE LYNCH Chancellor Angela Merkel toughened her stance on Crimea for Thu(...)

A Ukrainian soldier  guards a checkpoint near the village of Salkovo, in the Kherson region adjacent to Crimea. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

The EU last night agreed to expand targeted sanctions on Russia after the US stepped up its response to the crisis in Ukraine by imposing sanct(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker is the favourite to be put forward for European Commission president, mainly because he has received the support of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. Photograph: Getty

What is happening today? The European People’s Party (EPP), the umbrella-group for centre-right parties in the European Parliament, is meeting i(...)

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