German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is seeking to escalate pressure on Russia. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Today’s meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers in Brussels may have been scheduled for months, but rarely has a gathering of the bloc’s 28 foreign po(...)

German chancellorAngela Merkel can make daring leaps if they are politically opportune. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel spent the weekend packing for her summer holidays: walking shoes, sun cream and encrypted mobile phone. Distrac(...)

An Israeli soldier on the Israeli-Gaza border yesterday:  there was speculation that the intensified bombing was the first stage ahead of an invasion by armoured and infantry units. Photograph: Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images

Israel has stepped up its aerial assault on the area of Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip after issuing warnings that compelled 10,000 residents(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel at the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at Maracana  in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel has struck a conciliatory note in her standoff with Washington, dismissing opposition calls to freeze free-trade talks in (...)

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius said today securing a ceasefire for the Gaza Strip and preventing an escalation of the latest outbreak of host(...)

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier with chancellor Angela Merkel: Mr Steinmeier struck a more conciliatory tone and described Berlin’s partnership with Washington as “without alternative”. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Berlin has ordered its intelligence services to conduct a full sweep for double agents but denied reports they should reduce co-operation with US age(...)

After the revelations last autumn, courtesy of Edward Snowden, that the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) was involved in widespread phone(...)

Jesselyn Radack, former US Justice Department ethics attorney turned whistleblower and Thomas Drake, former senior executive of the NSA turned whistleblower testifying at the Bundestag commission investigating the role of the NSA in Germany on Friday in Berlin. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

The German government wants a quick and clear explanation from Washington for US intelligence’s apparent contact with a German man arrested last week (...)

Asked if the possibility of further EU sanctions on Russia,  German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said it “might be a debate to be continued at the next meeting of the European heads of state and government”. Photograph: Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk

EU leaders may consider imposing further sanctions on Russia at next week’s leaders’ summit in Brussels, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Stein(...)

Pro-Russian separatists of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic remove the state coat of arms of Ukraine from a gate of an administration building, in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk. Photograph: Reuters/Shamil Zhumatov

Western and Russian officials have called for urgent dialogue to end Ukraine’s bloody crisis, after Kiev unveiled plans to help civilians escape east(...)