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A video frame grab taken from footage released by the Turkish presidency shows Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan receiving European Council president Charles Michel and president of European Commission Ursula von der Leyen at the presidential complex in Ankara. The Commission hit out at a diplomatic snub that left von der Leyen without a chair as male counterparts sat down at the meeting. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Was it a deliberate snub or a simple – if spectacular – failure of protocol? Either way, reactions to the awkward scene at the presidential palace in (...)

Only one of two visiting European Union chiefs were given a chair at the meeting in Ankara on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Turkey’s foreign minister responded on Thursday to a diplomatic mishap in which only one of two visiting European Union chiefs were given a chair at a(...)

Clearly caught off guard, Dr von der Leyen could be heard saying ‘ehm...’ and gesturing towards the seats, before taking her place on a sofa off to the side of the scene. Photograph: AFP via Getty

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen was left without a chair in a meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an incident s(...)

Joe Biden: It will be the first time in 13 years that a US president has joined a European Council meeting. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/ The New York Times

US president Joe Biden will join the European Council summit later this week – an unusual move that has sparked hopes of renewed co-operation between (...)

A vial of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Photograph: Kyiv City Council/EPA

British foreign secretary Dominic Raab has written to the European Council president after he claimed the UK imposed an “outright ban” on coronavirus (...)

Georgian   prime minister Irakli Garibashvili insisted his government was “solidly committed to dialogue, to ensure that we normalise the political situation in country as soon as possible”. Photograph:  Vano Shlamov/AFP

The European Union has begun mediating between Georgia’s feuding government and opposition amid fears for the stability of a key western ally in the s(...)

Participants hold Georgian national flags during an opposition rally in support of Georgian opposition leader Nika Melia in front of Georgia’s government building in Tbilisi on Tuesday. Photograph: Zurab Kurtsikidze/ EPA

When the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, makes his scheduled visit to Tbilisi next month it will not be plain sailing. The deterior(...)

The EU’s Berlaymont building in Brussels. File photograph: Getty Images

An inaugural meeting between the UK’s new head of mission to Brussels and a senior EU official in Brussels has been postponed in response to the statu(...)

US President Joe Biden’s immediate decisions to rejoin the World Heath Organisation and the Paris climate accord are important indicators of his foreign policy. Photograph:  EPA/Ken Cedeno

The strong mutual desire in Europe and the United States to reset transatlantic relations as the Biden administration takes over from Donald Trump set(...)

A handout picture posted by Kira Yarmysh, press secretary of Alexei Navalny, on Twitter shows the anti-corruption activist  and his wife Yulia  before passing the border control at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has urged Russians to launch street protests against the country’s rulers, after he was jailed for 30 days on his arri(...)

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