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(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  in Cologne and Greece’s new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, in Athens. Dr Merkel told German newspapers she  did not “envisage” any fresh debt cut. Photographs: Louisa Gouliamaki, Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has moved to calm concerns over his anti-austerity strategy, vowing not to act “unilaterally” on his country’s €3(...)

Germany’s  minister for finance, Wolfgang Schäuble: “Nobody is forcing anything on Greece. Our attitude to debt. . . remains unchanged.”

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has ruled out a further debt cut for Greece, but said a further extension of existing European Union-Interna(...)

Germany’s federal economics minister, Sigmar Gabriel, was mildly critical of the ECB move. Photograph: EPA

The ECB’s bond-buying programme was greeted in Germany by isolated mild praise amid a hail of criticsim of “Draghi doping”.The euro-critical Alternati(...)

Frauke Petry, chairwoman of the Saxony branch of the AfD,   speaking to the media at the Saxony state parliament in Dresden yesterday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s Eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has opened the door to co-operation with the Islam-critical Pegida movement. Moving quic(...)

German economics minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday he expected existing agreements to be honoured by a new Greek government, “whoever forms it”. Photograph: Reuters

Germany has said it will not be “blackmailed” into renegotiating Greece’s rescue programme should a new hard left government take office after electio(...)

Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has attacked as demagogical and populist the anti-euro Alternative für Deutschland party, comparing it to German neo-Nazis. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, has called the anti-euro Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party demagogical and populist, and compa(...)

Sweden Democrats leader leader Jimmie Akesson gestures in front of a poster that reads, “Sweden’s third largest party!” at the SD’s election night party  in Stockholm on Sunday. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats  became the country’s third largest party. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/Reuters

Sweden and Germany seem like the last places in Europe where populist, anti-immigration politics could take root: Sweden because of its liberal social(...)

AfD leader Bernd Lucke: “This is a success for our voters who, with this decision, have been given a strong voice in Europe.” Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party was accepted into the Conservatives’ European Parliament group yesterday, creating fresh headaches (...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Accused of using euro crisis as a smokescreen. Photograph: EPA/Daniel Naupoldepa

The Berlin headquarters of Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lies on the northern bank of t(...)