Eurozone anxiety overshadows EU summit
In the midst of cascading international crises, Europe's leaders are set to meet for an unusual Saturday summit.
The meeting has long been in the diary and its agenda is to decide on two of the EU's top jobs.
It is at once controversial. Will the leaders choose the best candidates for the jobs or will they play EU politics, looking to balance their choice to satisfy the interests of the main political groupings?
One Dutch MEP has already warned against making a selection on the basis "of the lowest common denominator of member states' wishes".
Almost certainly the meeting will be overshadowed by events in Ukraine but I would argue that the wrangling over the top jobs, although eye-catching, is not the priority for the EU.
France and the shadow of the euro
President Francois Hollande has been overseeing the creation of his third cabinet in two years.
The resignation of his government on Monday was partly due to feuding, personal ambition, and the divisions between centre-left politicians and socialists.
Europe: All change on Iraq
In just a few days in August everything changed. Or that is how it seems in Europe. The language of politics is different.
French President Francois Hollande said: "I believe the international situation is the worst we've seen since 2001" and the 9/11 attacks on New York.
EU tackles crises in Iraq and Ukraine
EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels have broadly welcomed moves by some European countries to provide military material to the Kurds.
The agreement only recognised reality. The French are already supplying weapons.
Eurozone crisis: The grim economic reality
Over recent weeks, the French government has been saying it would "tell the French the truth" about the economy. A new reality is dawning.
French Finance Minister Michel Sapin has spoken of Europe's "economic malaise". After another quarter of zero growth in France, he has admitted that the government's previous forecast of 1% growth this year is impossible to reach.
Ukraine conflict: EU squeezes Russia
EU ambassadors are likely today to adopt economic sanctions against Russia.
Up until now they have targeted individuals and companies for travel bans and a freeze of assets. The list has grown to 87 people and 18 entities. New names from President Vladimir Putin's inner circle are being added.
Anti-Semitism comes back to haunt Europe
It has been in the background at some of the demonstrations against Israeli actions in Gaza.
Recently, during a protest in Paris, a synagogue was attacked and there were chants of "Jews to the gas chambers". In Sarcelles they used the slogan "death to the Jews" and a kosher market was looted.