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(...)

Anti-government protesters attend a rally in Kiev today. Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovich has said he will not use force to clear the streets and may challenge his opponents to early elections if they fail to compromise, according to reported comments by a political ally. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said sanctions should be used as a threat against Ukraine’s government unless it finds a politi(...)

Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier looks on as his British counterpart William Hague addresses a press conference in London. Photograph:  Reuters/Ben Stansall

Germany offered the UK some hope it may be able to renegotiate its EU membership when Berlin declined not rule out the possibility of treaty change by(...)

Catherine Ashton, EU high representative for foreign affairs and security policy, attending a panel discussion yesterday during the Munich security conference. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

US and Iranian foreign ministers held a rare direct meeting on the fringes of the Munich security conference yesterday amid ongoing efforts to resolve(...)

 German president Joachim Gauck speaking  at the 50th Munich Security Conference in  Munich yesterday.  Photograph:  Joerg Koch/Getty Images

German president Joachim Gauck has urged his fellow citizens to show greater confidence in themselves and demonstrate greater willingness to engage in(...)

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