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Standing in the shadow of a massive, grey former KGB building in a busy Vilnius street, Lithuanian pensioner Rimantas Gucas worries history could repeat itself if the West fails to stop Russia from absorbing Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.
Germany has attracted more political asylum seekers than any other EU nation, but now the massive influx is straining the system, with crowded Berlin shelters sounding the alarm.
Europe may be consuming more Russian natural gas, but it is less exposed to a possible cut of supplies through Ukraine thanks to new pipelines and an exceptionally warm winter.
Europe and the United States appear to have been caught off-guard by Russia's move to send troops to Ukraine, analysts said Saturday, warning it would take more than condemnations and boycott threats to tame the Kremlin.
Fears that Ukraine could splinter into rival pro-Russia and pro-EU camps is spurring intense activity in the West to keep the country together, while also seeking to placate Russia over Kiev's tilt away from Moscow.
Germany, often accused of stepping too lightly on the world stage, has taken an unusually vocal and active stand over the Ukrainian crisis and is helping mediate an end to the turmoil.
European Union foreign ministers meet Thursday to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and possible sanctions. But what are they for and how do they work?
Arianespace rockets excel at lifting the heaviest payloads into space, but a new technology allowing for lighter satellites is causing another big bang for an already fast-changing industry.
The communists tried hard to stamp out the culture of Bulgaria's rural Pomak minority, and since then tough times in the European Union's poorest country have made many leave, but one village is keeping traditions alive.
They fought in the bloody Soviet war in Afghanistan that ended 25 years ago and are now on the frontline of anti-government protests rocking Ukraine, vowing to hold out even against "tanks."
In the capital of Ukraine's pro-Russia Crimean region, bus passengers have for days been treated to video footage of violence in Kiev set to a commentary denouncing a "coup d'etat".
She dropped her job to join the revolution against a hated regime. Injured, she was treated by a young man who fell in love with her and a month later, the two were married.
An elderly retiree accused of fomenting riots in Ukraine, a disabled man injured by rubber bullets, a father arrested for carrying tyres in his car, disappearances, deaths...
Whenever she can, Lyubov Galan tries to bridge the divide between anti-government protesters and security forces in Kiev, crossing the front line for a chat with young, sometimes frightened conscripts.
Anti-EU parties already expected to do well in European Parliament elections in May claim the Swiss vote to curb immigration vindicates their stand.
In the industrial heartland of Ukraine's pro-Russian east, those who dare rise up against President Viktor Yanukovych risk getting their eyes gouged out or legs broken.
Switzerland's vote to end mass immigration threatens to sink a series of accords with the European Union crucial to the country's economy after the bloc pledged to review "relations as a whole."
Despite decades of navigating perilous waters, US envoy to Europe Victoria Nuland is embroiled in a diplomatic row only months into the job after dropping a choice expletive about her EU allies.
An Orthodox priest chants "God Have Mercy!" on Independence Square in Kiev, where many of the anti-government protesters are believers who say religion gives sustenance to their struggle.
Even as Ukraine's main opposition leaders meet with the authorities to try to resolve their long-running standoff, one influential and unrepentant voice stands out -- that of far-right paramilitary leader Dmytro Yarosh.