The ECB has started buying covered bonds, opening a new front in its battle to revive the euro zone economy. Photo: Reuters

The European Central Bank has started buying covered bonds, an ECB spokesman said on Monday, opening a new front in its battle to revive the euro zon(...)

Reviving Europe’s economy

The euro zone economy is in trouble. Growth is slowing and deflation remains a real threat, despite significant policy moves by the European Central B(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin (centre) and Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic (second right) attend a military parade to mark 70 years since the city’s liberation by the Red Army in Belgrade yesterday.  Serbia feted Mr  Putin with troops, tanks and fighter-jets. Photograph:  Marko Djurica/Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin has warned the European Union that the Ukraine conflict could put winter gas supplies at risk, ahead of top-level tal(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi

German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Central Bank president Mario Draghi aren’t blinking yet. The longest losing streak in European stocks in (...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble: dismissed suggestions Berlin had come under pressure to shift its economic course as “spin doctoring”.

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble put on a brave face at the end of IMF meetings in Washington this weekend, dismissing suggestions Berlin ha(...)

Pro-democracy protesters warn they will escalate their actions and block government headquarters again if there is no negotiation. Photograph: Mast Irham/EPA

Tens of thousands of democracy activists took to the streets of Hong Kong again last night to renew their demands for free elections, two weeks into (...)

Kurdish people flash victory signs as they demonstrate in solidarity with the people of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, in Hamburg, on Wednesday night. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Kurds demonstrating against Islamic State were involved in violent clashes with radical Islamists for a third consecutive night in Hamburg as tensions(...)

Helmut Kohl and Angela Merkel in Bonn in 1992: “At state dinners she mooched around so much that, more than once, I had to tell her to pull herself together.” Photograph: Thomas Imo/Photothek via Getty Images

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl has said Angela Merkel, his protégée turned rival, was so inexperienced when he plucked her from obscurity in 199(...)

Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann warned  there was a danger the ECB would buy “low-quality loan securitisations” at inflated prices as part of its programme to buy so-called asset-backed securities.

The European Central Bank’s plans to buy rebundled packages of debt have drawn sharp criticism from officials in Germany, including the head of the B(...)

Jens Stoltenberg: the new Nato secretary general  gives his first press conference at the alliance’s headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Nato’s new secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, has pledged to adopt a “constructive” approach to Russia. Addressing journalists at Nato headqu(...)