Charlotte McDonald-Gibson

Charlotte McDonald-Gibson is based in Brussels and covers the EU and general European news

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Ensaf Haidar holds a placard after her speech as a guest at the annual meeting of the German section of Amnesty International in Dresden last week

Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Ensaf Haidar calls for stronger pressure on Saudi Arabian royal family to let him join family in Canada

Postcard from... Brussels

Tucked away in the heel of Italy, Puglia is one of the country’s most picturesque regions, its groves of centuries-old olive trees in sun-baked ground encapsulating the tourist’s dream of a rustic idyll.

The Belgian Foreign Minister, Didier Reynders

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders criticised for wearing black face paint at Noirauds charity parade in Brussels

Mr Reynders wrote a blog post extolling the 'joy and good humour' of the traditional event, but others were quick to criticise his decision to take part

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses parliament in Athens

Greek bailout crisis: Greece and IMF trade insults over lack of progress ahead of €350m repayment deadline

Greek PM Alexis Tspiras attacks 'EU technocrats' as talks stall and country is labelled 'most unhelpful' by officials

Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

European Commission's new plan to expose 'sweetheart' tax deals for multinational companies in EU countries

The proposals come amid mounting public anger at companies such as Apple and Starbucks exploiting complicated tax structures in some nations

Postcard from... Brussels

It was the case that gripped Belgium: a young lord goes missing from his château with just a bullet casing and trail of blood hinting at his fate. Fifteen days later, the body of Stijn Saelens is found in the woods nearby, and the case dubbed “Murder at the Castle” becomes a national talking point.

European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, wants to set up centres in Africa

EU ministers fail to reach agreement on proposals for asylum-seekers fleeing war and persecution

It is hoped the setting up of centres in North Africa and the Middle East where people can request refugee status will lessen the numbers risking their lives crossing the Mediterranean

Postcard from... Charleroi

The Belgian city has been fighting a long battle to emerge from its past. The former coal and steel town was plunged into a spiral of unemployment and social deprivation after the collapse of its industries in the post-war decades.

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis

Greece bailout: Time is running out to avoid 'catastrophic' Greek exit from euro, warns EU

A new proposal from Athens will involve an extension of their loan agreement, but apparently without the required spending cuts and tax hikes

The Ukrainian National Guard unit engaged in battles around Lohvynove

Ukraine crisis: At least 25 dead as rebels seize more territory ahead of ceasefire deadline

In Ukraine's battle-ravaged eastern regions there was a fierce surge in fighting

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor