In the middle of a tough week for David Cameron, some good news as the UK Commissioner, Lord Hill, gets a plum financial role in the EU.Read the full story ›
Were the Russians -as Barack Obama claims - weighed down by sanctions, or where the Ukrainians looking to cut their losses?Read the full story ›
It is quiet so far in Mauripol - a much quieter evening than yesterday and no reports of any breaches. But these are the early hours. What is not such good news is that Ukraine continues to insist that nothing in this agreement is going to breach the territorial integrity of its country.
The rebels for their part insist they are no longer part of the Ukraine, nor will they ever be. The real dilemma here is why have they agreed to start talking? Is it, as President Obama said today, because the Russians are suffering so badly from sanctions they now want to talk?
Or is it actually because Putin has got what he wants and that his threat to move further into Ukraine is what is persuading the Ukrainians to talk, in the knowledge that they cannot beat the Russians in a straight fight?
Former President Nicolas Sarkozy has been hauled in for questioning, and France is suddenly in uncharted territory.Read the full story ›
The PM's friends in Europe are bewildered that he would rather go down in flames than try for the best deal possible in the circumstances.Read the full story ›
The impending appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission President leaves the PM's promises on Europe in tatters.Read the full story ›
Well that’s the voting over, and no surprises so far. A ‘Yes’ vote claimed to be 89% in Donetsk, and suddenly Ukraine is no more.Read the full story ›
There are two key questions about the comments from President Putin and his suggestion that Sunday's independence referendum should be postponed. Firstly, does he mean it? He has said this before. Russia has committed itself to a big de-escalation before, in Geneva, just before Easter.
They never followed through, and Nato is already disputing the claim tonight that he is withdrawing his tanks from the border. So this may just be another diplomatic game, trying to keep his opponents off balance, guessing as to his intentions.
But it is also possible that he is getting worried about how bad it's getting in Ukraine. We have heard comparisons with the early days in Bosnia. If that were to happen, it would cost Russia very dear, both in terms of sanctions and the possibility that civil war could spill over into Russia.