Protesters carry the coffin of Gunay Ozarslan, killed by Turkish police at an anti-terror operation, in Istanbul,  yesterday. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Today’s emergency meeting of Nato ambassadors in Brussels has focused minds on the increasingly complex geopolitical situation unfolding on the border(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble will divert tax takings for new “euro budget”. Photograph: Eric Luke

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble is ready to divert some of his country’s national sales and income tax takings to bankroll a new “euro budg(...)

Journalists pointed out Angela Merkel had worn her outfit to Bayreuth before. As usual no one pointed out that her husband Joachim Sauer has been wearing the same tuxedoes to Bayreuth for years. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

Bayreuth without drama is like Wagner without Brünnhilde: possible but pointless. This year the biggest drama at the world’s most notorious music fest(...)

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras looks on after speaking to legislators at the arliamentary vote  in Athens, Greece, on Thursday.  Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg 1:35

Bailout negotiators are due to return to Athens to start talks on a massive new rescue package after Greece’s parliament approved tough new conditions(...)

A screen grab of the ‘Straight’ video.

Ireland and an Angela Merkel lookalike are unlikely allies in a guerilla marketing campaign for “Straight”, a new magazine aimed at German lesbians. A(...)

The €150-a-month payment has been in effect since August 2013 and has a 73 per cent take-up rate. Photograph: Edmond Terakopian/PA

Germany’s highest court has struck down a €150 monthly payment for parents who care for their children at home rather than place them in daycare. The(...)

A Lufthansa aircraft  (foreground) and a plane of the company’s Germanwings subsidiary at Dusseldorf airport. Lufthansa  said its compensation offer went beyond legal guidelines. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

The families of 18 German schoolchildren killed last March in the Germanwings air crash have rejected a compensation offer from the airline’s parent c(...)

A customer enters a Piraeus Bank SA bank branch while another uses an automated teller machine (ATM) as banks reopen in Athens, Greece, on Monday, July 20th, 2015. However economists are still warning that there’s still a danger that Greece will be forced out of the euro region by the end of 2016. (Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg)

Don’t pack away the currency presses just yet, Greece’s euro exit may be back on the table next year. There’s still a danger that Greece will be force(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble during a special session of the German Bundestag over the proposed bailout package for Greece last week.  Photograph: EPA/BERND VON JUTRCZENKA

There is no euro zone crisis. It’s impossible to understand what’s going on now if you start out with the assumption that there is a single community (...)

People wait to enter a Piraeus Bank branch at the city of Iraklio in the island of Crete 1:44

Greece repaid the European Central Bank on Monday, the bank said, clearing a key obligation worth about €4.2 billion with one of its top lenders, afte(...)