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 Civilians carry their belongings over their head as they flee amid Turkish bombardment on Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ain in the Hasakeh province along the Turkish border. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AF

  Turkish ground troops have stepped up their offensive against Kurdish forces in north-eastern Syria, seizing villages and continuing an aerial(...)

Civilians flee amid Turkish bombardment of Syria’s northeastern town of Ras al-Ayn along the Turkish border on Wednesday. Photograph:  Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty Images

The EU has strongly condemned Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria. EU diplomats expressed anger at what was seen as a destabilising betrayal by t(...)

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at a press conference  in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator said on Monday it was difficult to see a way to break the Brexit impasse as British prime minister Boris Johnson’s de(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel listens after delivering a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag,  in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

While Brexit Britain bickers on, German MPs used Wednesday’s budget debate in the Bundestag to discuss what they view as more pressing business: secur(...)

Demonstrators hold a banner reading ‘Free Carola’ during a vigil  in Cologne, Germany, for Carola Rackete. Photograph: Federico Gambarini/dpa/AFP/Getty Images

Two online campaigns to help the German captain of a rescue ship who is under house arrest in Italy have between them raised more than €1 million. Ca(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Berlin on June 18th. “It’s sad that our European partners didn’t hear us and acted differently,” Mr Zelenskiy  said about the Council of Europe decision. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Kiev has led criticism of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe for allowing Russia to return to the human rights watchdog, five years a(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani shakes hands with Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe during a welcome ceremony in Tehran on Wednesday. Photograph: Handout via Reuters

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe began a two-day visit to Iran on Wednesday as part of international efforts to reduce tensions between Tehran and W(...)

 Iraqi president Barham Salih  meeting Germany’s minister of foreign affairs Heiko Maas in Baghdad on Saturday.  Handout photograph: EPA

Germany’s foreign minister will meet Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in Tehran on Monday, a German diplomatic source said, as part of a concerted Eur(...)

Andrea Nahles, who suddenly resigned as leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD). Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Germany’s grand coalition parties stepped back from the brink on Monday, vowing to serve out their full term to 2021 after the sudden resignation of S(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini:  said ministers had made it clear that the International Atomic Energy Agency was the only body that could legitimately verify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal. Photograph: EPA

The US needs to exercise “maximum restraint” to avoid escalating its dispute with Iran over the nuclear deal, EU foreign ministers in Brussels  t(...)

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