John Bruton: echoed sentiments voiced by Angela Merkel. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Germans are a much misunderstood lot, according to former taoiseach John Bruton. It is a mistake to think that their adherance to the doctrine of (...)

A policeman passes between cars destroyed in an attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol last weekend, in which 30 people died. Photograph: EPA/Sergey Vaganov

EU foreign affairs ministers travel to Brussels today for an emergency meeting on Ukraine, prompted by last weekend’s attack on the Ukrainian city of (...)

A pair of headless stone sphinxes at an ancient tomb from the end of Alexander the Great’s reign, under excavation at Amphipolis. A dig at the tomb in Greece and a possible link to Alexander the Great have captured the nation’s imagination. Photograph: Greek Culture Ministry/The New York Times

Call it “CSI: Alexander.” For months, the excavations at a large, ancient tomb in northern Greece have gripped the country. First, a marble slab wal(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the opening ceremony for International Holocaust Remembrance Day on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germans have an everlasting responsibility to fight all forms of anti-Semitism and racism.Speaking on the eve(...)

A Poster reading in German, “Good Night Ms. Merkel” is seen during  Alexis Tsipras’s speech after the general elections in Athens. The German government has said the election of Syriza to power does not erase Greece’s reform obligations. Photograph:  EPA/Orestis Panagioutou

Germany has said Sunday evening’s election victory by the far-left Syriza movement has changed nothing in German and European attitudes towards the Gr(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: underlined the link between further solidarity for Greece with Athens ‘continuing to show responsibility for itself’. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

In November 2011 an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel raised hackles for claiming Europe, having swallowed Berlin’s crisis remedy, “now speaks Germa(...)

A German flag flies in front of the Bundesbank headquarters in Frankfurt. Photographer: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

While Saudi Arabia lamented the passing of King Abdullah yesterday, Germany was busy burying its last illusions about the European Central Bank. Afte(...)

Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem pointed out that Greece required further assistance from the euro zone, which would always be linked to conditions

Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem has indicated there is “room to manoeuvre” with Greece over its adjustment programme, but not if a new left-wing g(...)

A kindergarten which was shelled in Debaltseve, Donetsk area in Ukraine. Diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany met this week to thrash out a tentative dividing line from which the warring sides would pull back their heavy weapons. Photograph: Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Rebel sources say twenty-four Russian-backed separatists in east Ukraine have been killed in a rocket attack on the recently captured airport outside (...)

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, speaks during a session on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg
Onstage clash of titans at Davos

Timing is everything in politics and it sometimes is a case of knowing when to leave the stage. The scheduling of Angela Merkel’s set piece at Davos t(...)