A peace project at a time of war
At last Saturday's summit in Brussels the EU's new foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that, at heart, the European Union was a "peace project".
It is often defended with those words but now it is a "peace project" at a time of war. The known world is receding. And Europe is struggling to adjust to that new reality.
Others too are having to react to a Russian president who speaks of Novorossiya, of the unknown and ill-defined country of New Russia.
So on his way to the Nato summit in Wales, President Obama will on Wednesday divert to the Estonian capital Tallinn.
There he will reassure the increasingly anxious Baltic states and Poland that they can depend on Nato guarantees.
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.
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.