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  1. April 15, 2014

    William Hague warns against ‘creeping oligarchisation’ of Balkans

    William Hague warned on Tuesday of the “creeping oligarchisation” of the Balkans and parts of central and southeastern...

  2. March 19, 2014

    Prospect of tough sanctions on Russians hits City realpolitik

    Russia and the City For weeks now, the UK government has talked tough over Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Foreign secretary...

  1. March 18, 2014

    Hague’s hawkish rhetoric belies dilemma for Britain

    Britain will fight for the strongest and widest agreement on European sanctions against Russia after Vladimir Putin...

  2. Westminster Blog

    March 6, 2014

    What happened to Britain's role as the Atlantic Bridge?

    For many years, and most noticeably during the tenure of Tony Blair, the UK used to pride itself on acting as a bridge...

  3. Off Message

    March 4, 2014

    When sanctions work

    The policy document on Ukraine carried by an official and photographed on Downing Street states that “the UK should not...

  4. The World

    March 3, 2014

    Live blog: Ukraine crisis

    The stand-off between Russia and the G7 over Moscow’s intervention in the Ukrainian region of Crimea continues. Financial...

  5. February 4, 2014

    SAS advised India before Amritsar attack

    An SAS officer encouraged the Indian government to consider attacking Sikh protesters at the Golden Temple in Amritsar just...

  6. January 29, 2014

    David Cameron: Divided loyalties

    The pink glow in David Cameron’s cheeks seemed especially pronounced. Maybe it was the stinging Alpine air; maybe it was the...

  7. January 20, 2014

    Iran sanctions eased as deal sticks

    The EU and US have lifted limited sanctions against Iran after the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed Iran had...

  8. January 12, 2014

    William Hague pours cold water on Tory EU rebellion

    The UK foreign secretary has poured cold water on an attempt by nearly 100 Tory MPs to force the government to change the...

  9. Brussels Blog

    December 16, 2013

    Twitter diplomacy: Füle vs EU ministers on Ukraine

    EU's Füle, right, with Ukrainian president Viktor Yanikovich in Kiev earlier this year Is Twitter the right place to...

  10. December 5, 2013

    A painful lesson in how not to deal with China

    David Cameron could scarcely have crouched any lower during this week’s visit to China. For his compatriots, the British...

  11. beyondbrics

    November 29, 2013

    Guest post: turning UK-China rhetoric into reality

    By Leslie Young of the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business The past few weeks have seen a significant uplift in UK-China...

  12. November 15, 2013

    Class barriers keep poor out of professional careers

    The poorest Britons have no better chance of becoming a doctor, lawyer or accountant than they did almost 20 years ago,...

  13. November 15, 2013

    William Hague defends UK links with Commonwealth

    William Hague pledged on his first day at the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2010 that he would “put the C back...

  14. November 10, 2013

    Iran blames France for failure of nuclear talks

    Iran’s foreign minister said on Sunday that the first deal in a decade over its nuclear programme could have been reached if...

  15. November 7, 2013

    Tory audit turns into eurosceptic nightmare

    When foreign secretary William Hague announced a sweeping audit of Britain’s relations with the EU in 2012, it stirred hopes...

  16. October 22, 2013

    Western and Arab states hold Syria talks in London

    The increasingly sectarian nature of the conflict in Syria means the proposed Geneva peace talks are more crucial than ever,...

  17. Westminster Blog

    October 18, 2013

    Danny Alexander's shameless pork

    Yesterday the Treasury announced ten rural towns that it is putting forward for consideration to receive five pence off fuel...

  18. October 8, 2013

    UK and Iran appoint chargés d’affaires

    Britain and Iran are taking the first steps towards reopening embassies in each other’s capitals, it emerged on Tuesday, in...

  19. October 4, 2013

    Netherlands takes legal action to free Greenpeace activists

    The Netherlands said on Friday it had launched legal action against Russia to secure the release of Greenpeace activists...

  20. September 29, 2013

    David Cameron pledges to resist ‘ever closer’ ties with EU

    The UK prime minister vowed on Sunday to remove Europe’s commitment to “ever closer union” from the EU treaty, in a move...

  21. September 19, 2013

    Hague puts language skills back at heart of foreign office

    William Hague has targeted a 40 per cent increase in the number of UK officials speaking Mandarin Chinese as part of a drive...

  22. September 16, 2013

    Iran’s new mood

    With the agreement to place Syria’s chemical weapons under international control, Barack Obama has chosen to defend his red...

  23. FT Photo Diary

    September 9, 2013

    William Hague and John Kerry give press conference in London

    Susan Walsh/Getty Images John Kerry, US secretary of state, right, watches Britain’s foreign minister William Hague leave...

  24. September 9, 2013

    Obama to halt attack if Syria destroys chemical weapons

    Barack Obama said on Monday that he would put planned air strikes against Syria on hold if the regime of Bashar al-Assad...

  25. September 8, 2013

    William Hague reiterates backing for US on Syria

    William Hague has sought to reassure Britons that the government is not “gung ho” about military action in Syria, while...

  26. September 4, 2013

    Tories warned not to embrace isolationism after Syria vote

    William Hague has warned his party not to retreat into isolationism in the aftermath of the Syria vote as the foreign...

  27. September 3, 2013

    David Cameron makes fresh diplomatic push on Syria

    David Cameron is to make a renewed push for a diplomatic settlement and increased humanitarian aid related to the conflict...

  28. September 1, 2013

    Cameron rules out rerun of Syria vote

    David Cameron has ruled out trying to reverse last week’s humbling Commons defeat on British military intervention in Syria,...

  29. August 30, 2013

    France remains ‘ready’ to punish Assad despite British vote

    France woke up on Friday to find itself in the unusual position of standing alone on the apparent brink of a military...

  30. Westminster Blog

    August 30, 2013

    Britain abdicates its role

    Defeat in Thursday night’s parliamentary vote on the principle of military action in Syria is not an existential wound for...

  31. August 27, 2013

    To pull off a pivot to Asia, first learn the lingo

    Recent reports of the declining popularity of language study in England will cause William Hague some concern. Britain’s...

  32. August 26, 2013

    UK considers response to suspected chemical attack in Syria

    David Cameron will return from his holiday on Monday evening to co-ordinate Britain’s response to the Syrian crisis amid a...

  33. August 26, 2013

    John Kerry says Assad chemical attack ‘undeniable’

    John Kerry, the US secretary of state, said Bashar al Assad’s responsibility for the use of chemical weapons was...

  34. August 6, 2013

    Fracking licences granted in 13 cabinet members’ seats, study finds

    More than half of Britain’s cabinet ministers could see shale gas exploited in their constituencies, according to research...

  35. August 1, 2013

    1983 Archive: Margaret Thatcher vetoed William Hague appointment

    National Archives: 1983 in pictures William Hague’s youthful political career hit a surprise setback in 1983, when Margaret...

  36. Westminster Blog

    July 23, 2013

    Australia warns Britain: Do not leave the EU

    It was the Americans who first broke ranks. Soon after David Cameron announced in January that he wanted to have a...

  37. July 22, 2013

    EU declares Hizbollah military wing a terrorist group

    The EU has declared Hizbollah’s military wing a terrorist group, a decisive shift in the bloc’s dealings with the Lebanese...

  38. July 21, 2013

    Foreign Office invites UK companies to play terror ‘war-games’

    British companies have been invited into the Foreign Office to stage “war-games” in which executives and Whitehall mandarins...

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