EU foreign ministers delay decision on trade talks with Ukraine. Germany and EU want release of opposition figure Yulia Tymoshenko.
Germany's development minister has sparked a debate by calling for EU tariffs to be waived on African goods. Critics question whether import duties are really the issue, or are there other barriers to trade?
Austria's Foreign Minister came under fire from political opponents for inviting the Russian leader to her wedding. Critics said the move undermined the EU at a time when Austria holds the bloc's rotating presidency.
The EU and Japan have signed an unprecedented free trade agreement which will create one of the world's largest trading blocs. European Council President Donald Tusk says it is a "clear message" against protectionism.
Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron stressed the need for a "coordinated European solution" to migrant arrivals from the Mediterranean. They also voiced concern for the humanitarian situation in Syria.
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