A protester waves a Greek national flag during a pro European Union demonstration in Athens, as Greece approaches deadline on €1.6 billion debt. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

For historians, the standoff between Greece and its creditors is a case of deja vu all over again. A Greek default on loan repayments of €1.6 billion (...)

“The currency union will remain instable as long as it is not complemented with a banking, fiscal and economics union,” philosopher Juergen Habermas has written in German newspaper  the Süddeutsche Zeitung. File photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has accused Angela Merkel of undermining the European Union and its common currency by putting investor interests a(...)

David Cameron speaking at a press conference at the end of the summit of G7 nations at Schloss Elmau, Germany, on Monday. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron has said he has yet to decide if ministers will have to quit his cabinet if they choose to back the No campaig(...)

A tent at the G7 protest camp in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Tobias Hase

G7 leaders have agreed to “decarbonise” their economies by the end of the century and to cut by 2050 global greenhouse gas emissions by the “upper en(...)

Some 20,000 officers were on duty, swamping the pretty corner of Bavaria. Photograph: Johannes Simon/Getty Images

The Bavarian G7 summit won’t be remembered for its modest news value. But anyone looking in the future for an image of Angela Merkel at the peak of he(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel chats with US president Barack Obama at a G7 summit near Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Image 1:09

President Barack Obama has called on Athens to get “serious” about reforms and to show flexibility with its EU-International Monetary Fund creditors t(...)

Médecins Sans Frontières suggested world leaders’ “lip service” showed they had learned nothing from their bungled response to the Ebola pandemic. File photograph: Ahmed Jallanzo/EPA

The world is as ill-prepared for a global pandemic as it was before the Ebola outbreak, aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières has warned after the(...)

US president Barack Obama at a breakfast meeting with the German chancellor and local citizens in Kruen near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, before the start of the G7 summit. Photograph: Daniel Karmann/AFP/Getty 1:33

Greece achieved the dubious honour of joining the G7 yesterday despite being neither a member of the group of seven leading industrial nations, nor be(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  greets president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker as he arrives in  Krün in Germany for the G7 summit. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/EPA.

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has let fly at Alexis Tsipras, expressing his “disappointment” at the Greek prime minister’s rejecti(...)

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras: Locked in a stand-off with international creditors. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

More than four months since 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras swept to power in the Greek general election, the euro zone’s most indebted country remains loc(...)