French president Emmanuel Macron exudes the sort of optimism long associated with US politicians. With a better speech writer, he might even impart some of that optimism to the French. Photograph: Sarah Meyssonnier/Pool/AFP via Getty

Emmanuel Macron, the French president set to visit Dublin on Thursday, inspires contradictory reactions among voters and observers. Over the past four(...)

Israeli authorities have inspected the offices of the surveillance outfit NSO Group. Photograph: Mario Goldman/AFP

Israeli authorities have inspected the offices of the surveillance outfit NSO Group in response to the Pegasus project investigation into abuses of th(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty

It is not clear that the UK government will agree to a deal on food, plant and animal standards that would make checks on goods travelling to Northern(...)

US president Joe Biden speaking with British prime minister Boris Johnson at a Nato summit in Brussels on Monday. Photograph:  Olivier Matthys/POOL/EPA

The cold war film Dr Strangelove owes its shelf-life to its portrait of US-UK, not US-Soviet, relations. The straight man of the piece is a British ex(...)

Israel’s newly sworn in prime minister Naftali Bennett gives an address before the new cabinet at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Sunday. Photograph: Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP/Getty

Naftali Bennett, who has been sworn in as Israel’s new prime minister, embodies many of the contradictions that define the 73-year-old nation. He is (...)

 Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Photograph:   Ronen Zvulun/EPA

The morning after Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election, Naftali Bennett, the energetic leader of a relatively small, Israeli pro-s(...)

US secretary of state Antony Blinken will visit Israel in the coming days, following the announcement of a ceasefire in the region. According to the W(...)

US president Joe Biden: “The president conveyed to the prime minister that he expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire.” Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

International pressure for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas mounted on Wednesday, as US president Joe Biden told prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu(...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and US president Joe Biden.  File photographs: Jack Guez & Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

US president Joe Biden told Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu he would support a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas after days of calling for (...)

Palestinian firefighters douse a huge fire at the Foamco mattress factory following an Israeli airstrike, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip. Photograph: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

As the current round of fighting entered its second week on Monday with no end in sight, Israel ordered schools in the south and centre of the country(...)

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