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Most insiders agree that Simon Coveney is a capable and hard-working Minister for Foreign Affairs, but he is bad at emerging from political scrapes. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

If escalating one political mistake into a full-blown controversy that dominates headlines is a misfortune, doing it twice in the space of six months (...)

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky and US secretary of state Antony Blinken at the Bankova, in Kyiv, on Wednesday. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP Photo

The United States has warned that the Kremlin could rapidly escalate its aggression against Ukraine, as western powers use both persuasion and deterr(...)

German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock and Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv on Monday. Photograph: Ukrainian foreign affairs press/AFP via Getty Images

On taking office as Germany’s chief diplomat, Annalena Baerbock promised to spearhead a new era of “value-oriented” foreign policy. Her promise begged(...)

The ministry of foreign affairs, Kiev. Photograph: Getty Images

The United States believes Russia is laying the groundwork for a possible invasion of Ukraine and could stage a “false-flag” attack in the militant-he(...)

Russia’s deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov: “We must continue to push determinedly for the right movement and the required evolution from the western side.”  Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Russia has said talks with the West on security issues and tension around Ukraine have hit a “dead end” and warned that it will act to “eliminate unac(...)

The remains of the basement of Konigsberg Castle, seat of the Teutonic Knights, which was badly damaged in the second World War and demolished in the 1960s to make way for the House of the Soviets, which is still unfinished. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

German poet Heinrich Heine wrote that Immanuel Kant, the great Enlightenment philosopher, led a “mechanically ordered” life in the Prussian city of Ko(...)

Nicaragua’s president Daniel Ortega: detained opponents and business leaders, cancelled rival parties and criminalised dissent over the course of months. Photograph: Cesar Perez/Nicaraguan Presidency/AFP via Getty Images

Nicaragua’s president Daniel Ortega easily locked in a fourth consecutive term after suppressing political rivals, results showed on Monday, leading (...)

Agriculture is the world’s largest source of the polluting gas particularly associated with the beef sector, which is some 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide, according to the International Energy Agency. File photograph: Getty

Reducing methane emissions is “one of the quickest, most feasible and most cost-effective ways to limit climate change”, the leaders of the world’s 20(...)

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin at the UN Council for Foreign Relations in New York: Ireland’s diplomats are “working very hard” to get agreement on  the link between climate and security.  Photograph: Don Pollard/CFR/PA

The threat posed to global security by climate change would be a permanent fixture on the agenda of the world’s leading powers if an Irish proposal fo(...)

Natalia Vigak, the deputy head of the election commission, arrives for early voting at the Mutnovskaya geothermal power plant in the Elizovsky district of Russian. Photograph: Alexander Petrov/AP Photo

Kiev has condemned Russia’s plan to allow hundreds of thousands of people living in militia-run parts of eastern Ukraine to vote in Sunday’s Russian p(...)

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