This is the Brief from Brussels, a roundup of the daily news stories making headlines around Europe.
In a rare open protest against the government in Belarus, hundreds of activists have called for the nation’s flag to be changed back to the one adopted after the collapse of the soviet…
Ukraine guarantees to observe a ceasefire in the country’s war-torn eastern region of Donbass for at least seven days, according to Germany’s foreign minister who made the announcement after a meeting
The German foreign minister has voiced his dissatisfaction over the slow pace of progress in resolving the conflict in the war-torn east of Ukraine, saying that progress was urgently…
Italy has refused to back an expected six-month extension of EU economic sanctions against Russia. It comes as a surprise to officials in Brussels as
America is urging Ukraine to cut what it describes as the “cancer of corruption.” During a visit to the country, US Vice President Joe Biden said the
With no sign improvement of the security situation in eastern Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko is continuing his diplomatic tour of Europe to call
While fighting has started up again in eastern Ukraine, Sloviansk seems to have calmed down. Swiss RSI. In Donetsk, there has been new fighting in
The first working day of the G7 summit in Germany has led to some financial pledges and firm commitments. Climate change and the threat posed by radical extremism were discussed by the leaders of the
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov says Ukraine deliberately escalated fighting in the east of the country ahead of the G7 Summit taking place in
The head of the so-called Donetsk People's Republic Denis Pushilin has told euronews that his separatist movement remains committed to the Minsk peace agreement, despite ongoing ceasefire violations.
Separatists in the east of Ukraine are threatening to breach the ceasefire if Kyiv fails to adopt measures giving the break-away regions special status.
The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday called on all parties in eastern Ukraine to stop fighting and implement a European-brokered peace deal
Ten kilometers from Debaltseve lies the small town of Vuhlehirsk captured by rebels earlier this month. Local residents now believe the Ukrainian
Ukraine government forces remain dug-in, encircled by pro-Russian rebels, leaving a European brokered peace plan on the verge of collapse. Fighting
Ahead of the ceasefire, at least two buildings in the town of Artemivsk were shelled resulting in fires that took hours to put out. Debaltseve, a strategic rail hub, has also seen fierce fighting in r
Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko believes there are no guarantees the ceasefire deal agreed in the Belarus capital on Thursday will actually take
Mobilised and caught in the conflict in what is supposed to be the countdown to the guns falling silent in the east of Ukraine. Government forces in
There was little optimism in the Ukranian capital as people gave their reactions to the ceasefire agreed in Minsk.
A breakthrough in Minsk as Putin announces a ceasefire deal following marathon talks to end the fighting in east Ukraine. The Russian president said
President Putin has confirmed he is travelling to Minsk for crucial peace talks with Ukrainian, French and German leaders. The presence of the
Members of the Contact group on the Ukraine crisis left a meeting on the eve of today’s four-way peace summit dashing hopes of a preliminary a
More than 10 civilians and soldiers have been killed in rocket fire deep inside Ukrainian government-held territory on the eve of peace talks. The
The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has told MEPs in Strasbourg that Wednesday’s Ukraine peace talks represent “a chance
A ceasefire deal has reportedly been reached for eastern Ukraine as diplomatic efforts intensify ahead of a leaders’ summit in Belarus
Last year’s Minsk agreement failed to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine and there is little reason for optimism about the latest peace talks in the
There has been no let-up in fighting around the town of Debaltseve in eastern Ukraine. Locals are being encouraged to abandon the areas of fiercest
An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday night ended with the body declaring it was “very worried about the risk of a resumption
In eastern Ukraine, government troops and pro-Russian rebels have begun withdrawing from frontline positions, according to Ukranian officials. It
Europe’s OSCE security watchdog has announced that Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels have signed a ceasefire agreement. Ukraine’s President Petro