On Tuesday, five years after Russia was stripped of its voting rights at the council’s parliamentary assembly over the illegal annexation of Crimea, member states voted to readmit Russia’s representatives as full voting members. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The dispute within the Council of Europe over Russia’s membership of the organisation has exposed a deep fault line. On Tuesday, five years after Russ(...)

People protest in front of the Romanian Government headquarters in Bucharest on Wednesday. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

The leader of Romania’s ruling party has threatened to launch impeachment proceedings against the country’s president, Klaus Iohannis, after he condem(...)

 Ekho Moskvy  editor-in-chief, Alexei Venediktov, speaks to Associated Press members at the radio station’s office in Moscow, Russia, after the stabbing of    Tatyana Felgenhauer. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Photo

A prominent Russian journalist was seriously injured on Monday when an intruder broke into the Moscow office of the Echo Moskvy radio station and stab(...)

Mobile phones display the home pages of Mail.ru, Vkontakte social network, and Yandex, which have been blocked in Ukraine. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine is facing widespread criticism for deciding to block access to popular Russian social networks that Kiev sees as a source of Kremlin propagand(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, who has overseen the emergence of a traditionalist ideology during his third term in office. Photograph: Sergei Ilnitsky/Reuters

As huge crowds in the US took to the streets to flag women’s rights at the weekend, Russia was preparing to block an outbreak of similar rallies on i(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

The head of a key European institution has said that Sunday’s referendum in Greece falls below acceptable international standards for such plebiscites(...)

 Protesters warm themselves in Kiev’s Independent Square. The protests erupted after Ukraine’s government and president  refused to sign a  political and trade deal with the EU, citing fears that Russia’s threatened trade retaliation would ruin the economy.

Ukraine’s prime minister has survived a no-confidence vote and offered to start talks with opposition leaders if thousands of protesters in Kiev end t(...)