Charlotte McDonald-Gibson

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

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Some 100 migrants sit on the Guardia Costiera boat after being rescued off the shores of the island of Lampedusa last year

Italian navy pleads for help saving migrant boats, saying it 'does not want a sea of death'

The rescue operation is costing £6m a month. Charlotte McDonald-Gibson reports from inside the marine control centre in Rome

Italy’s Renzi bids to change EU’s focus towards growth

The Italian Prime Minister insisted that Europe belonged to “citizens, not bankers” and said the only way for the EU to restore the flagging confidence of voters was to move away from the punishing austerity measures of the past and focus on economic growth.

When he finally stood down in Luxembourg last year, he had spent 18 years in power, making him one of the longest-serving democratically elected leaders in the world

Jean-Claude Juncker profile: Europe’s grumpy elder statesman is an expert habitué of the backroom deal

He has been dubbed the most dangerous man in Europe by one tabloid, but during an interview with The Independent on a bumpy ride in his campaign bus last month, the only peril came from Jean-Claude Juncker’s scalding hot coffee careering across the table towards one of his aides

Guards of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic keep watch in the town hall of the besieged eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk this week

Ukraine crisis: West tells Russia to halt the bloodshed or face further sanctions

After Ukrainian separatists shoot down a helicopter, EU leaders will assess whether Russia has done enough to stop the flow of insurgents and weapons into the east of the country

Petro Poroshenko will offer an amnesty to rebels in eastern regions who lay down their weapons

Ukraine crisis: President Poroshenko calls ceasefire as Russia defends border troop movement

New President’s peace plan would create buffer zone along frontier with Russia

Revellers in Amsterdam’s Canal Parade

No straight people allowed: Dutch scheme for 'Gay Village' sparks backlash

Opponents warn plan amounts to ghettoisation of people who should be able to feel safe without hiding behind locked gates

A map shows Russia’s oil refineries and pumping stations during the World Petroleum Congress in Moscow yesterday. The EU gets around 30 per cent of all its energy from Russia

Ukraine crisis: Russia shuts off gas to neighbour over unpaid debts as uprising in east escalates

EU leaders had warned Moscow not to use energy as a political weapon in its row with the new Ukrainian government but Gazprom has cut supplies, citing a $4.5bn debt.

Barack Obama with US embassy and Nato staff at Melsbroek airport

G7 summit: Barack Obama accuses Vladimir Putin of a return to ‘dark tactics’ over Ukraine

President seeks to reassure European allies the US will support them if their borders are threatened by Russia

Backed by F-16 fighter jets, the US President, Barack Obama, and the President of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, speak at Okecie airport, Warsaw

Fears that President Obama’s $1bn pledge on European defence could provoke new Cold War

Ahead of the meeting of the G7 leaders (the G8 minus Vladimir Putin after he annexed Crimea), the US President risks further wrath from Moscow

Global view: Interesting times ahead in Brussels

Italy, with its demands for a softening of austerity, is likely to clash with dominant power Germany

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice