Italy’s interior minister and deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini, right, with Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban,  in Milan, Italy, this week. Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP

Hungary is again coming under fire over its hardline anti-immigration policy, after its premier Viktor Orban forged an alliance with Italy’s far-right(...)

North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho (centre) leaves  Swedish government buildings in central Stockholm on Friday. Photograph: Vilhelm Stokstad/AFP/Getty Images

Sweden’s foreign minister has held what she called “good and constructive” talks with her North Korean counterpart amid growing speculation about a po(...)

Police walk  past a missing person notices for Gui Minhai (left), in Hong Kong in January 2016. He has been taken into custody again in China. Photograph: Anthony Wallace/AFP

The EU ambassador to China has called for the release of Gui Minhai, a Swedish national who was among a group of booksellers detained in 2015 for alle(...)

Hillary Clinton, when she was US secretary of state, proposed integrating women and girls into everything her department did. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

There’s a type of foreign policy dilemma that diplomats frame as follows: should we do what’s morally right and makes us feel good about ourselves, or(...)

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the occupied West Bank village of Silwad. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

The two-state solution is in peril. With the Israeli right in the ascendant, the peace process frozen and the presence in the White House of a preside(...)

Sweden’s foreign minister Margot Wallstrom, left. Photograph: Janerik Henriksson/TT/Reuters

Sweden’s foreign minister has said she stands by her denunciation of a Saudi blogger’s flogging as medieval, three months after her criticism of the G(...)

The Swedish government has cancelled an arms contract with Saudi Arabia worth €37 million last year and €500 million since 2011, because of a dispute (...)

Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces in the East Jerusalem Arab neighbourhood of Abu-tor. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas yesterday termed Israel’s decision to close Jerusalem’s Temple Mount compound, in response to the shooting of a Je(...)

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman: “The Swedish government should understand that Middle East relations are more complex than a piece of self-assembled Ikea furniture.” Photograph: Maya Hitij/Reuters

The Swedish government officially recognised the state of Palestine today, the first western European country to do so.Stockholm’s move reflects grow(...)