Heiko Maas

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A solider probably belonging to the German troops supervising Namibian war prisoners in a photograph taken  during the 1904-1908 war of Germany against Herero and Nama. Photograph: National Archives of Namibia/AFP via Getty Images

Germany has officially recognised as genocide its colonial-era slaughter of tens of thousands of Namibians more than a century ago and committed €1.1 (...)

 Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko: Due to meet Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday. Photograph:  Siarhei Leskiec/AFP via Getty Images

The European Union and other western powers have pledged to ramp up pressure on Belarus after it forced a Ryanair plane to land so that an opposition (...)

EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell is to make a list of names of Russian officials responsible for  ‘arrest, sentencing and persecution’ of Alexei Navalny. Photograph: Johanna Geron/AFP

Russians who were responsible for the “arrest, sentencing and persecution” of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny are set to be hit by European Union sancti(...)

President Michael D Higgins’s 2019 state visit to Germany was such a success that his German counterpart (and Rory Gallagher fan) Frank Walter Steinmeier, right, was all set to return the visit last year – warp speed in diplomatic terms – until the virus intervened. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Dublin’s bilateral relationships with London and Berlin are like two very different children. London is the eldest: used to getting its way and able t(...)

A protest against the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in St Petersburg, Russia, on January 31st. Photograph: AP Photo/Valentin Egorshin

Russia has expelled three European diplomats for allegedly joining protests in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, as EU foreign policy c(...)

 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny inside a glass cell during a court hearing in Moscow on February 2nd, 2021. Photograph: Alexey Pavlovsky/Moscow City Court press service/AFP via Getty Images

Western powers have called on Russia to immediately release opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after he was jailed for breaching his parole terms while(...)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: he said Iranian authorities should not wait “an hour” if there was a chance to have US sanctions lifted. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

European powers are backing president-elect Joe Biden’s suggestion that the US returns to a landmark nuclear deal with Iran in its existing form, and (...)

US president-elect Joe Biden speaks  in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

The president of the US does a lot to set the tone of global politics. The themes and language used by the occupant of the Oval Office are usually swi(...)

European Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen: The result of the US election was broadly greeted with relief in Europe.  Photograph:   Olivier Hoslet/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Usually, European leaders wait for the losing side in any United States presidential election to deliver their concession speech before publicly congr(...)

A man reads a local newspaper showing a photograph of newly elected US president Joe Biden, in Kabul, on Sunday. Photograph: Getty Images

World leaders welcomed Joe Biden’s election as US president as a chance to enhance co-operation on climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and other (...)

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