Early in his war against Ukraine, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia appeared tense, angry and even disoriented. He spent days out of the public eye, threatened the West with nuclear strikes, and lashed out at antiwar Russians as “scum.” But in June, a new Putin has emerged, very muchContinue Reading

Moroccan officials said on Saturday that 18 migrants had died and scores more had been injured after what the authorities described as a stampede during an attempted mass crossing into the Spanish enclave of Melilla, in North Africa. But human rights organizations accused the security forces of using indiscriminate forceContinue Reading

PARIS — France reacted with fury on Thursday to President Biden’s announcement of a deal to help Australia deploy nuclear-powered submarines, calling it a “unilateral, brutal, unpredictable decision” that resembled the rash and sudden policy shifts common during the Trump administration. The angry words from Jean-Yves Le Drian, the foreignContinue Reading

BRUSSELS — The European Union officially made Ukraine a candidate for membership on Thursday, signaling in the face of a devastating Russian military onslaught that it sees Ukraine’s future as lying in an embrace of the democratic West. While Ukraine’s accession into the bloc could take a decade or more,Continue Reading

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders will meet on Thursday to put Ukraine on a path toward joining the bloc, signaling to the embattled nation — and to Russia — that they expect Ukraine to win the benefits of being in the club, even if it takes a decade or longerContinue Reading

The Black Sea blockade that is preventing Ukraine from exporting food and other goods is a “war crime” and Russia will be held accountable if it continues, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell Fontelles, said on Monday. Ukraine was a major exporter of grain, cooking oil and fertilizerContinue Reading

BRUSSELS — Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, had just finished a speech at a major conference on Europe. While he lingered onstage, soaking up adulation and taking pictures with fans, little did he know that two young women in the back of the room were eying him closely. “ThereContinue Reading

KYIV, Ukraine — A majority of Ukrainians and the country’s political elite have for years favored joining the European Union and yet the country has stumbled on most major governance overhauls needed to do so. Many Ukrainians, in making their case, point out that they are the only Europeans whoContinue Reading

BRUSSELS — As Europeans try to lock in gains made by inoculation campaigns, the European Union on Wednesday pledged to reinforce its preparedness for future health crises and to increase coronavirus vaccine donations to low- and middle-income countries. In her annual speech on the state of the European Union, UrsulaContinue Reading

The leaders of Germany, France and Italy are expected to pay their first visit to President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine on Thursday, in what is intended as a show of solidarity as his beleaguered country struggles to hold the line against Russian forces. But they will arrive as complaints growContinue Reading