Federica Mogherini, who has been nominated as successor for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, whose term ends on October 31st. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Federica Mogherini, the new EU foreign affairs chief, represents the best and the worst of contemporary Italian politics. In a country that for so lo(...)

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem (R) meets UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Angela Kane in Damascus, in this handout photo distributed by Syria’s national news agency SANA. Photograph: SANA/Handout via Reuters

UN chemical weapons experts will today visit the site of an alleged poison gas attack in Syria to begin conducting investigations, the United Natio(...)

Egypt’s interim vice president Mohamed El Baradei, who resigned yesterday, speaks at a news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton in Cairo in July. Ms Ashton called on the security forces to “exercise utmost restraint and on all Egyptian citizens”. Photograph: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters

The EU and US have castigated yesterday’s use of force by the Egyptian authorities to disperse Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Nasr City and Giza. EU fo(...)

Italy’s foreign minister Emma Bonino (R) listens as US secretary of state John Kerry answers a question during their joint news conference, after an official meeting in Rome today. Photograph: Mladen Antonov/Reuters.

The United States does not want Russia to sell weapons to Syria and has opposed transfers of missile systems to the country in the past because(...)

Italian prime minister-designate and deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) Enrico Letta arrives to speak with reporters at the Quirinale Palace. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Italy’s two month long political stalemate appears to have finally ended following the announcement this evening that Democratic Party (PD) No (...)

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano leaves after a media conference at the Quirinale palace in Rome. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Five weeks after last month’s inconclusive general election, Italy seems no closer to resolving its ongoing government crisis. In what looks li(...)

Pier Luigi Bersani during a news conference following a meeting with Italian president Giorgio Napolitano in Rome yesterday. Photograph:Tony Gentile/Reuters

Italy’s ongoing government – or indeed no-government – crisis appeared to deepen last night when centre-left lead(...)