The latest stories from the Europe section of the BBC News web site.
Updated: 20 hours 21 min ago
Pope Francis is to set up a Vatican committee to fight sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church and offer help to victims.
A man dies as a storm hits Scotland and high winds spread south, with predicted flooding in eastern England prompting evacuations.
The European Central Bank keeps its benchmark interest rate at a record low of 0.25%, following its surprise cut from 0.5% in November.
Russian TV commentator suggests wintry conditions have sparked the pro-European Union street protests in Kiev.
Heavy arms fire is heard in the capital of the Central African Republic hours before the UN votes on sending French peacekeepers to restore law and order.
Britain wants to change the rules governing the free movement of people across the EU, Home Secretary Theresa May will tell European ministers.
Ukraine's three previous post-Soviet presidents have given their support to mass anti-government protesters.
China's government gives the go-ahead for a $1.3bn joint venture between French car maker Renault and state-owned Dongfeng.
Around one million workers in Greece are going unpaid - some for almost two years.
Two months after one of the worst boat disasters off the shores of Europe in living memory, the families of many of the victims are still waiting to be allowed to give them a proper burial.
The lonely graves of the victims of Lampedusa
The million Greek workers who get no wages
As the British economy enjoys some welcome growth, the picture across the English Channel is rather different.
France's parliament approves a bill that will impose a fine of at least 1,500 euros ($2,030) on anyone paying for sex.
Three ex-presidents of Ukraine give their support to mass anti-government protesters angered by the failure to sign a major deal with the EU.
Heavy rains and floods cause a powerful landslide in the southern Italian town of Montescaglioso.
The dramatic fistfight inside Russia's parliament
People accused of stealing bitcoins - a virtual currency - have been detained by police in two separate operations in China and Germany.
The EU reveals plans to tighten patrols of its sea borders and do more to help asylum-seekers, two months after the Lampedusa boat tragedy.
Two men, born in the Dutch city of Breda, and mistakenly swapped at birth meet after sixty years.