Angela Merkel: “This evening at exactly midnight Central European Time the [Greek] programme expires.” Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has poured cold water on the prospect of a last-minute, third bailout for Greece from its EU-IMF creditors as the clock ran d(...)

Pro-Euro protesters hold a large European flag reading “Yes” in front of the parliament building in Athens on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Getty 1:41

The chairman of the Eurogroup said on Tuesday Greece is on track to default at midnight and Athens’ stance towards its creditors would have to change (...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel at the press conference in  Berlin. Merkel said she is prepared to hold talks with Athens even after Greece’s planned referendum next weekend. Photograph: EPA/ Wolfgang Kumm EPA/Britta Pedersen

As Germany’s political leaders gathered yesterday to celebrate the 70th birthday party of Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the(...)

Pensioners waiting outside a closed National Bank branch and hoping to get their pensions, argue with a bank employee in Iraklio in Crete. Photograph: Stefanos Rapanis/Reuters 1:49

Diplomatic efforts to persuade Greece to engage with European lenders have intensified ahead of the expected expiration of the Greek bailout on Tuesda(...)

A protester flashes a victory sign behind a Greek flag in front of the parliament building, during an anti-austerity rally in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters 3:02

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has urged Greeks to reject the terms of an international aid deal in a July 5th referendum, dismissing warnings that a ‘(...)

People march in Athens  on June 28th, 2015 during a demonstration calling for a ‘No’ in the  referendum on funding proposals from Greece’s creditors and for Greece’s exit from the euro zone. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images 5:02

The Government is stepping up contingency plans for the possibility of Greece leaving the euro after a chaotic breakdown in debt talks led Athens to c(...)

New Danish prime minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen of the centre-right Venstre party: governing with just 34 of 179 seats in the Folketing chamber. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix Denmark/Reuters.

Denmark’s new government, a one-party, centre-right, minority administration, has announced plans to tighten up asylum laws and freeze spending to b(...)

 German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble at a press briefing during the special Eurogroup Finance ministers meeting on the Greek crisis  in Brussels. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold emergency meetings today with German political party leaders, and parliamentarians of her Christian Democratic Unio(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble says ‘that anything should happen now is really ruled out’. Photograph: Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble - looking like he’d aged a decade in a week - summed up the latest twist in the Greek crisis on the evening (...)

AfD leader Bernd Lucke  and co-spokeswoman Frauke Petry. Photograph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty

As the Greek debt crisis goes into extra time, the only consolation for German chancellor Angela Merkel is that her most vociferous bailout critics a(...)