Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras after placing his vote at a school in Athens. The sheer size of the No vote will make it difficult for European leaders to continue to play hardball with him. Photograph:  Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

The landslide decision of almost two-thirds of Greek voters to support their government in Sunday’s referendum will leave prime minister Alexis Tsipra(...)

 European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (C) holds one minute of silence prior to a Foreign Affairs council meeting of EU Ministers  in Luxembourg, on Monday. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Ireland will “play its part” in supporting Italy and other southern Mediterranean countries in dealing with the migration crisis, Minister for Foreign(...)

Italian citizens hug after arriving at Practica di Mare military base near Rome, Italy, 16th February 2015. A group of around 60 Italians returned from Libya overnight after being evacuated because of security concerns about the advance of ISIS extremist Islamic group in the North African nation. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

Italians woke up on Monday to the worrying reality of a threat from Islamic State “signed with blood against the nation of the cross”. Against the bac(...)

Journalists waiting for a meeting of the four-way summit on eastern Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Western powers have vowed swiftly to toughen their stance against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine if they judge that today’s peace talks are a fa(...)

Italian aid workers Greta Ramelli  (centre) and Vanessa Marzullo are welcomed by Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni at Ciampino’s military airport in Rome on Friday. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni in parliament yesterday denied a €12 million ransom had been paid by Italy for the release of two aid worke(...)

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have named Alexander Zakharchenko (2nd left) leader of their breakaway republic after a weekend election which was denounced by Kiev and the West and further deepened a standoff with Russia over the future of the state. Photograph:  Photomig/EPA.

Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have named a leader of their breakaway republic after a weekend election which was denounced by Kiev and the West a(...)

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