Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan stands under pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust during his visit to the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem last Wednesday. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters.

Charlie Flanagan paid his first visit to the Middle East as Minister for Foreign Affairs this week when he visited Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. On (...)

Ukrainian servicemen in retreat from the area around Debaltseve, in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday after a fierce assault by Russian-backed separatists which the EU said violated a crumbling ceasefire. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters 1:44

Separatists in eastern Ukraine have captured a strategic transport hub from government forces, putting huge pressure on Kiev’s leaders but apparently (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan lays a wreath during a ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem.  Photograph: Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

The opportunity to re-start the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians could be lost for a generation if it is not grasped soon, Minister f(...)

A Ukrainian serviceman jumps off a tank damaged during fighting with pro-Russian separatist forces outside Debaltseve, eastern Ukraine, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Alexei Chernyshev

Poland has indicated it is willing to back the US on supplying defensive arms to Ukraine should today’s planned talks with Russia in Minsk fail to bri(...)

Ukrainian servicemen are seen standing on an Armoured Personnel Vehicle (APC) through a broken window in the village of Horlivka, Donetsk region Photograph: Photograph: Volodymyr Shuvayev/AFP/Getty Images 1:30

The leaders of Germany and France are launching a fresh bid to resolve Ukraine’s escalating crisis, with surprise visits to Kiev today and Moscow tomo(...)

“The policy of reprisals seems to me to be not only unwise but entirely unjustifiable from a moral point of view. That one man should be punished for (...)

A policeman passes between cars destroyed in an attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol last weekend, in which 30 people died. Photograph: EPA/Sergey Vaganov

EU foreign affairs ministers travel to Brussels today for an emergency meeting on Ukraine, prompted by last weekend’s attack on the Ukrainian city of (...)

A man rides a Ukrainian tanks past a damaged vehicle in the village of Tonenke, 5km from  Donetsk airport.  Photograph: Oleksandr Stashevskiy/AFP/Getty Images 1:38

Ukraine has accused Moscow of sending more troops and armour into the country to support separatist rebels, as Russia warned Kiev that its campaign(...)

The  high representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini:    “The fight against terrorism remains a priority for the European Union. In this sense, the EU is determined to stem the financing of terrorism, for which EU autonomous measures are an essential tool.” Photograph:  Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The European Union is to appeal against an EU court ruling that Hamas should be removed from the bloc’s terrorist list.The move was criticised by Hama(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks to journalists on Monday before a Foreign Affairs Council meeting at the EU headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: AFP

EU foreign ministers pledged on Monday to counter radical Muslims returning from Syria and Iraq with a better strategy at home and abroad, but ruled o(...)