Germany’s defence minister Ursula von der Leyen  at an asylum waiting centre: Angela Merkel has defended  her open-door policy. Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

Friday night’s Paris attacks have polarised public opinion and public debate in Germany over refugees, with a leading Bavarian politician attacked f(...)

Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. Athens faces questions over its determination to tackle tax evasion by rich Greeks. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras will face down his German critics – and Chancellor Angela Merkel – next Monday on his first official visit to Berl(...)

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(...)

Leader of Germany’s Social Democratic Party  Sigmar Gabriel (left) welcomes German chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union  Angela Merkel and federal chancellery minister Ronald Pofalla  at the SPD headquarters before coalition talks. Photograph:  Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Germany’s Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel has insisted that only countries that sign up to a European financial transaction tax should be entitl(...)