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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Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style