Would a free vote have gone in Russia’s favour anyway?
We need to boost Europe’s competitiveness, avoid a race to the bottom on skills and wages and ensure EU migrants contribute to our economy and our society.
There’s suddenly not much left of the independent media in Russia, even of what little of it there was left after Putin’s first two terms at the wheel.
The BBC’s Middle East editor on John Kerry striking the wrong tone over Ukraine, and remembering the Aleppo souks.
Beyond the bluster and rhetoric, there is a surprising degree of consensus on the reforms needed.
Whatever the Kremlin apologists say – and regardless of the ancient historical and cultural affinities involved – there are few benefits for citizens of Crimea likely to result from their de facto annexation by Russia.
Why the former Czechoslovakian state, which gained its “Velvet Divorce” from the Czech Republic in 1993, is one of Europe’s quiet successes.
Ukrainian and Georgian NATO membership should be fast-tracked and energy security pursued with far greater vigour and speed.
If you can’t improve people’s living standards, you can try to give them a sense of belonging to a great power.
The Foreign Secretary says Ukraine "is an entirely different situation" after John Kerry criticises Russia for "invading another country on completely trumped up pretext".
It will become harder for the PM to insist he can succeed when the europhile and the europhobe both declare he will fail.
There are three groups Nigel Farage and Ukip must win over: the settlers, the prospectors and the pioneers. Can he do it?
The Prime Minister can see the strategic as well as the economic logic that keeps Britain in Europe.
After withdrawing from the centre-right European People's Party grouping, Cameron has no right to tell his MEPs not to flirt with the anti-Euro Alternative für Deutschland.
The EU cannot afford a wait and see approach that creates the risk of economic divergence and renewed instability.
Ukrainian MPs have voted to oust President Yanukovych and hold early presidential elections on 25 May.
Ukraine finds itself in an impossible clinch, where it is alternately patronised (“those heroic Ukrainians!”) and refused serious help to counter Russia’s bailouts. With people dying on the streets as the violence intensifies, how much longer can this last?
Neither of these two new books about the feminist art collective leave one optimistic about the immediate future of Russian politics, but they show the deep effect the saga has had.
“I don’t hide behind the title ‘journalist’ any more,” says Tetiana Chornovol. “My investigative reporting is just one of the weapons I use in my battle against Yanukovych and his clan.”
Nadia Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, who were released from prison less than two months ago, say they were arrested in Sochi with a group of activists and journalists.
Belgium has lifted all age restrictions on euthanasia, despite concerns that the legislation has been rushed through.
British commentators have been dismissing Scandinavian culture and politics using selective statistics and un-contextualised observations. But from smart young people to art and happiness: the qualities of Nordic life are well established.
Dieudonné is no Bernard Manning or Frankie Boyle, whose humour is purposelessly offensive. In recent years, he has set out on a political mission to provoke the French state and test the limits of French law.
This is the place to which the Beloved is committed.
Old world decline, rogue empires, killing for God – looking at 1914, we can discover that there are many uncomfortable parallels with our own time.
A poll reveals that Francois Hollande's popularity among French women has increased following news of his alleged affair with an actress.
Open your mouth and identify yourself as a human being while daring to be married to a high-powered politician, and the media is unlikely to look kindly upon you.
When things are going well, the “private life” is deliberately on display for all to see. That is how the French presidency thrives.
Eva came from Hungary to London to work 21 hours a day as a nanny, but when she lost her job she had nothing. While we discuss the political issues of immigration, we can't forget the people who are being exploited on the black market.
It's a sweet irony that Margaret Thatcher is the heroine both of some of those who wish to come here and many of those who oppose their doing so.