Switching support from Maliki to Abadi does not represent a real policy change for Iran.
Apparent wall-to-wall consensus in favour of the Gaza offensive among the Israeli public masks a deep internal moral malaise.
Demilitarising Gaza is being touted as part of a solution to the recent fighting. However, it's a potentially dangerous red herring
While the crisis in Iraq deepens, Europe has been slow to react - reluctant to be drawn into another quagmire in the region.
Europe's inaction on the Islamic State could have tragic consequences, for the Middle East and for Europe itself.
However, a fundamental ingredient is still missing in shaping a coherent – though challenging - strategy for targeting IS in Iraq.
It is still unclear when and whether Israel, Hamas and the other armed Palestinian groups will agree a credible ceasefire but it is fair to expect some form of increased EU post-conflict role in any such agreement.
Israel wants to keep Hamas in the cold, but unless Europe works to encourage dialogue, the violence will continue.
The hawks in Congress are not just a problem for the US president — they are a problem for Europe, too
The toughest hurdles in this marathon diplomacy track have only just been encountered.
With European economies failing to deliver higher standards of living, and growing public disillusionment with apparently self-serving politicians, Philippe Legrain discusses where