In a major speech in Washington on Monday, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo warned Iran would face “the strongest sanctions in history” if it did not adhere to a dozen requirements. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The United States escalated tensions with Iran on Monday, threatening new sanctions on the country if it does not meet a strict set of demands. In a (...)

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is welcomed by Belgium’s foreign minister Didier Reynders  at the Egmont Palace in Brussels on May 15th, 2018. Photograph: Eric  Lalmand/AFP/Getty

The EU on Tuesday made clear to Iran that if it adheres to the nuclear deal repudiated by the US , the EU will do so too. The union’s high representa(...)

US President Donald Trump signs a proclamation declaring his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement  at the White House on Tuesday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president Donald Trump defied international allies and announced America’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement on Tuesday, unravelling years(...)

An Iranian woman walks past a mural on the wall of the former US embassy in the Iranian capital Tehran on Tuesday. Photo/ AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENAREATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images

“The deal with Iran is the culmination of 12 years of diplomacy,” EU high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini said on Tuesday night(...)

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders during a White House  briefing on Tuesday. She  added to concerns that the US  is poised to withdraw from the nuclear deal with  Iran. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Doubts about the future of the Iran nuclear deal intensified on Tuesday as EU countries renewed calls on the US to stick with the agreement. They argu(...)

UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief co-ordinator Mark Lowcock  at a news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini during an international conference on the future of Syria, in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday. Photograph: Francois Walschaerts/Reuters

Pledges of €3.6 billion in aid to Syrian refugees at home and in neighbouring countries this year were made at an EU-UN conference in Brussels on Wedn(...)

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and Serbian president Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade on Thursday. Photograph: Koca Sulejmanovic/EPA

Political tension in Kosovo has eased after Serbs scrapped plans to seek more autonomy in defiance of the government, as EU foreign policy chief Fede(...)

Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev (right) accepts the European Commission report from EU commissioner Johannes Hahn, on Wednesday. Photograph: Nake Batev/EPA

A top EU official has urged Macedonia to deepen reforms and end a bitter 27-year-old dispute with Greece, after the European Commission backed the lau(...)

EU high commissioner for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini: “The western Balkans countries are European, and will be part of the European Union.” Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Turkish accession to the EU should remain on hold because of concerns about human rights abuses, the European Commission has recommended. “Turkey con(...)

Surface-to-air missile defences light up the sky over Damascus during  US-led air strikes on Syria. Photograph: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

The EU’s unequivocal support for Saturday’s missile strikes on Syria is likely to be somewhat muted on Monday when foreign ministers meet in Luxembour(...)

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