Charlotte McDonald-Gibson

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

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It was a friendly wager at the height of World Cup: Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo tweeted President Barack Obama just as his team were about to take on Team USA for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Ukraine crisis: Russia threatens to retaliate for new sanctions that jeopardise ceasefire

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko vows to push ahead with the EU trade deal that sparked the crisis last year

Eston Kohver, right, was decorated by the President in 2010

2,000 Nato troops send message to Russia as tensions mount

Thousands of Nato troops wrapped up a week of military exercises in eastern Europe today, with the European Union also expected to send a strong signal to Russia and adopt a new sanctions package despite a tentative ceasefire in Ukraine.

A Vladimir Putin T-shirt for sale in St Petersburg. The Russian President said yesterday that Moscow could not stand aside when people were being shot at in Ukraine

Ukraine crisis: Putin pushes the boundaries as EU threatens more sanctions over Kremlin support for rebels

Russian President wants to discuss ‘statehood’ of eastern Ukraine, as America and Europe threaten further sanctions unless the Kremlin withdraws its support for the separatists

A pro-Russian rebel watches Ukrainian troops retreat from the rebel-held town of Starobesheve yesterday

Ukraine crisis: Russia in a 'state of war' with our continent, European leaders warn

Leaders urge dramatic escalation of response – including 'military materials' – to Russia's troops crossing the border
Donald Tusk, the Polish Prime Minister, was named new President of the European Council at yesterday’s EU summit

New European Council President 'determined' to keep Britain in the EU

Polish PM, Donald Tusk, sure agreement can be reached on issues such as concerns over the free movement of people
Russian paratroopers captured by Ukrainian forces are put on show at a press conference in Kiev

West to step up response to Russia’s ‘violation’ of Ukraine

European Union leaders are expected to move towards deeper economic sanctions against Moscow today, acting on mounting evidence of what the Nato chief has called a “blatant violation” of Ukrainian territory by Russian soldiers.

A boat with more 200 people aboard arrives from Libya on the Italian island of Lampedusa back in 2011

First privately funded refugee rescue operation sets sail from Malta in August

At around the same time that Regina and Christopher Catrambone were enjoying the last of the summer sun on a holiday cruise in the Mediterranean last year, 518 migrants crowded into an old fishing vessel and set sail on the same sea. They too wanted to catch the last of the calm weather before rough seas made their crossing from Libya impossible, but their boat capsized anyway, and on 3 October, 366 of the migrants drowned within sight of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The Dutch flag flies at half-staff at the Kneuterdijk Palace in The Hague

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Holland mourns 'random nature' of tragedy

The claims and counter-claims on the ground will have little impact on the relatives’ immediate grief

The upper floor of Schiphol Airport is closed for media and reserved for family and relatives of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17

Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: Cruel wait continues for victims' families awaiting truth

They left Schiphol on shuttle buses as Holland mourns

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Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam