Europe's troubles exposed by MH17 crash
Ukraine exposes Europe. Its agony and tragedy casts an unrelenting gaze on Europe's leaders. When it comes to sending a convincing message to Russia there have been months of indecision, weakness and self-interest.
Even after the reported shooting down of the Malaysian airliner, Europe's foreign ministers struggled to convince. They described their decisions as "forceful" but it remains unclear how many names will be added to the list of those facing travel bans and a freeze of their assets. It is said they will include some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's cronies. We shall see.
The ministers opened up the possibility of imposing broader economic sanctions on the arms, energy and financial services sectors, but the EU was actually given a mandate to do this in March. To go further would require another European summit and unanimity would be hard to find.
The vacuum of decision-making is filled with finger-pointing. UK Prime Minister David Cameron said it would have been "unthinkable" for the British to have gone ahead with the sale of two warships to Russia as the French are doing.
Here in Paris the French papers are crying "hypocrites" and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius was at his most withering when he said: "I say to my dear British friends, let's speak of finance. I'm led to believe there are quite a few oligarchs in London."
MH17 plane crash: EU moment of decision
For months the EU has displayed extreme reluctance over tightening sanctions against Russia over Ukraine. It has preferred to take small steps - travel bans and asset freezes against individuals - rather than to go after the "inner circle"' around President Vladimir Putin.
And Europe's leaders have repeatedly shied away from what they call Level Three sanctions - going after sectors in the Russian economy.
The real Jean-Claude Juncker
In the end Jean-Claude Juncker's anointment as Europe's most powerful official came with moments of theatre.
When Mr Juncker made an impassioned defence of the euro - "the single currency didn't split Europe... it defends Europe" - there were howls of derision from the UKIP benches. Nigel Farage weighed in saying that "nobody knew him" and that his name had "appeared on no ballot paper".
Europe's Mr President
Sometime on Tuesday morning Jean-Claude Juncker will become the most powerful official in Europe.
Almost certainly he will get the backing of more than 376 MEPs and so win approval from the European Parliament. In November he will take over as President of the European Commission.
Europe: Big jobs and low growth
This is a week which will decide some of the ins and outs - who will be the stars in the EU firmament.
It is a game played with some intensity. The nation states are all proposing names to be their EU commissioner - who gets what will tell us much about power and influence in Brussels over the next five years. And who becomes the President of the European Council and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs. But more of that tomorrow.
European Parliament: The power battles begin again
In Strasbourg on Tuesday the new and increasingly powerful European Parliament is meeting.
It will bristle with energy. There will be a parade of anti-establishment figures, many of whom want to shake the EU temple. Marine Le Pen, Nigel Farage, Beppe Grillo and others will stalk the corridors and attract the cameras like moths to a flame.
Olive branches fail to disguise deep Juncker division
David Cameron tried to make a virtue out of his failure to block the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker for European Commission president.
Even before Mr Cameron had made his impassioned pitch to Europe's leaders, his aides were portraying this as a battle in a much longer campaign for EU reform.