A supporter of FC Copenhagen reacts after his team defeated Sparta in their Europa League Group K soccer match in Prague, Czech Republic, on Dec. 16. Copenhagen won the match 3-0.
A glass blower makes a New Years glass bauble at a factory in Klavdiyevo, Ukraine, on Dec. 16.
In France, the Sarkozy government is giving free youth newspaper subscriptions as part of a $905 million aid package to the French press.
The US, Poland status of forces pact signed Friday allows deployment of a missile defense system to go forward. An earlier proposal for a more robust missile system had drawn the ire of Russia.
The US and Russia are pledging to maintain the provisions of the 1991 START pact. But even with the best intentions, the path to cooperation is not always smooth.
A student march started the 'Velvet Revolution' in Prague, Czech Republic, 20 years ago against communist leadership.
Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, some in Eastern Europe miss the days of full employment and before free elections brought extremism.
The European Union is tossing around names for who could be the 'George Washington of Europe,' with Belgian Prime Minister Herman van Rompuy a top name. The EU is expected to decide by mid-November.
US Vice President Joe Biden toured Eastern Europe this week with a new missile-defense plan designed to reassure the Czech Republic and Poland that they aren't being forgotten as relations warm with Moscow.