Charlotte McDonald-Gibson

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

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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

A protester displays his sign during an anti-austerity, pro-government demonstration outside the Greek parliament in Athens on Wednesday

Greek debt: Combative start to crunch talks between Greece and its eurozone creditors

Since Syriza's victory in the polls last month, both sides have dug in over the renegotiation of Greece's €240bn bailout which Athens wants to dismantle

Postcard from... Brussels

An ill-timed game hunt can be disastrous for high-profile figures a little out of touch with public opinion.

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