German chancellor Angela Merkel at the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at Maracana  in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

German chancellor says she will not freeze talks following US spy reports

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier with chancellor Angela Merkel: Mr Steinmeier struck a more conciliatory tone and described Berlin’s partnership with Washington as “without alternative”. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Search ordered for other potential cases of US espionage amid ‘breach of trust’

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie leave Sarajevo City Hall on June 28th, 1914, the day of their assassination. Russia’s ambassador to Serbia, moments before his own sudden death, denied that he had responded to the archduke’s murder with other than deference and decorousness. Photograph: JU Sarajevo Museum/Handout via Reuters

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Workers are busy next to a figure of Gulliver at Gulliver’s World amusement park in Pudalga on Usedom island, Germany. Photograph: Stefan Sauer/ AP Photo

New tourist attraction turns Baltic Sea resort into Liliput

Intelligence gathering: German chancellor Angela Merkel with US president Barack Obama. Photograph: Jim Young/REUTERS

With two double agents uncovered in the last week, Germans are wondering how many of the 4,000 foreign intelligence agency employ(...)

Carsten Schneider: the SPD  finance spokesman said any move to recapitalise Irish banks would require all ESM member states to approve additional funding for the purpose. “That will never happen,” he said. Photograph:  Thomas Koehler/Getty Images

Senior German politicians dismiss hopes that bailout funds will recapitalise Irish banks

German chancellor Angela Merkel and finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble have been speaking about claims of US spying on German interests after the arrest of a man on suspicion of working for a foreign intelligence agency. Mr Schaeuble said the story was so stupid that one can only cry at the foolishness of it. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters.

Chancellor Angela Merkel says spying on allies is ‘a waste of energy’ given other issues

Independent MEP Luke Ming Flanagan urged incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker  to honour his commitment to  Ireland regarding bank debt. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

MEPs urge incoming European Commission president to honour commitment

Buildings damaged by a recent shelling are seen in the eastern Ukrainian village of Semenovka yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Gleb Garanich

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