David O’Sullivan: the  chief operating officer of the European Union’s diplomatic corps, the European External Action Service

Sitting in his office in the European External Action Services (EEAS) headquarters in central Brussels, David O’Sullivan apologises for the bareness o(...)

An employee of a factory tries on special Ebola gear in Berkel en Rodenrijs, The Netherlands. The WHO has declared Nigeria Ebola free after a 42 day period with no new cases elapsed. Photograph: Remko De Waal/EPA

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared Nigeria Ebola free after a 42 day period with no new cases elapsed.“Nigeria is now free of Ebola,” WH(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: “I will be inputting the views of our ambassador regarding the situation on the ground in Sierra Leone.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan will meet his European counterparts in Luxembourg today in an attempt to forge a co-ordinated respons(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna this week for talks on curtailing Iran’s nuclear programme. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/EPA

The United States is still striving to complete a comprehensive agreement to curtail Iran’s nuclear programme by the November 24th deadline, though “s(...)

 US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks in Cairo   after the International donors conference on financing the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. Photograph:  EPA

US secretary of state John Kerry yesterday called for a renewed commitment to achieving Middle East peace, saying a lasting deal between Israel, the P(...)

Incoming European Council president Donald Tusk: said it was possible to combine fiscal discipline and economic growth in Europe. Photograph: Yves Herman

Newly elected president of the European Council Donald Tusk pledged to work with British prime minister David Cameron over the coming years and “take(...)

Poland’s prime minister Donald Tusk is frontrunner for the EU job. Photograph: Reuters/Kacper Pempel

The behind-the-scenes campaign for top European Union positions burst into the open as Polish prime minister Donald Tusk staked a claim to the post of(...)

A Ukrainian soldier passes a tank at a checkpoint in the eastern Ukrainian town Avdeevka, near of Donetsk. Photograph:  Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine has accused Russia of launching a “direct invasion” by sending an aid convoy of military trucks across the border without its permission, in a(...)

Brothers of the El Agha family grieve their father who was killed after shelling in Khan Yunis, Gaza, yesterday. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

The Israeli security cabinet convened last night to consider a proposal to end the violence in Gaza, based on a five-day truce, during which intens(...)

Froam left: Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusic, Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini and EU high representative for foreign affairs Catherine Ashton prior to the start of a foreign affairs council meeting at the EU council headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

EU foreign ministers threatened Russia with deeper economic sanctions yesterday, ordering the European Commission to draw up proposals on specific (...)