Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: he urged the European Parliament to expedite the directive through the parliamentary process. The proposal, which was published  almost three years ago, has met resistance in the parliament due to concerns over data privacy. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

EU foreign ministers pledged to intensify efforts to combat terrorism at EU level and increase engagement with the Muslim world, as the EU held its (...)

 Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and  US secretary of state John Kerry at the talks between the E3+3 (France, Germany, Britain, China, Russia, USA) and Iran in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Roland Schlager/EPA

Iran and six powers failed for a second time this year to resolve a 12-year dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and gave themselves seven more mo(...)

 US secretary of state John Kerry (left), EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton (centre) and Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif (right ), during the talks on Saturday night. Photograph: EPA

World powers and Iran are struggling overcome the differences preventing them from ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran’s atomic ambitions, raising(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Russia she would not allow it “trample on international law” and undermine the peaceful post-Cold War order in Europe. Photograph: Paul Miller/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel has warned Russia she would not allow it “trample on international law” and undermine the peaceful post-Cold War orde(...)

An exchange office worker  in central Kiev yesterday. Donetsk rebels said they may switch to a dual-currency system involving Ukraine’s hryvnia and the Russian rouble. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

At least four people were killed and seven injured in shelling near rebel-held Donetsk in eastern Ukraine yesterday, amid rising tension and more s(...)

German-born US historian Fritz Stern speaks during a commemoration service for the 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler by German officers

Fritz Stern has been an essential voice in German life for decades, though he fled the country as a 12-year-old boy. The historian, essayist and autho(...)

Syrian Kurd refugees pass a child to waiting hands on the Turkish side of the border, just west of Kobani in Syria. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

After nearly four years, Syria’s neighbours say they have reached breaking point in their hosting of millions of civil war refugees, warning a Berl(...)

Ukrainian serviceman rides on an armoured vehicle near Slaviansk. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said on Wednesday he hoped a peace process for the troubled eastern region of his country to begin on Friday in the Belarussian capital Minsk and urged politicians to support the talks. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine’s government has denounced a Kremlin ceasefire plan for the country’s conflict, calling it a bid by a “terrorist state” to deceive the Europea(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks during a National Youth Forum meetin in the Tver Region, Russia, yesterday. EPA/Mikhail Klimentiev

European Union leaders will meet today under pressure to impose punishing sanctions on Moscow for an alleged military incursion into Ukraine, despite (...)

German minister of defence Ursula von der Leyen and German minister for foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a press conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Maurizio Gambarini

Berlin is ready to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the defence and foreign ministers announced yesterday.As the (...)

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