Stiff handshake: Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and French president Francois Hollande meet for bilateral talks before a summit to discuss the conflict in Ukraine in Paris. Photograph: Michel Euler/Reuters.

A long-scheduled summit of the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine in Paris yesterday was intended to bring new dynamism to the peace proc(...)

MEP Sharon Bowles: backed the State’s claim for retrospective euro zone compensation.

The chairwoman of a powerful European Parliament committee has backed the State’s claim for retrospective euro zone compensation for the bank bailout.(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel addressing the audience at the annual German Savings Banks Association meeting in Dresden last Thurday. A leaked French socialist party commission document referred to the “selfish intransigence of Chancellor Merkel, who thinks only of German depositors, Berlin’s trade balance and her electoral future”. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

After nine hours of debate, a French socialist party commission has agreed to excise an aggressive phrase regarding “the selfish intransigence (...)

A report to the Dublin meeting of European finance ministers (Ecofin) on Friday warns productivity in the EU has been falling since 2007, and r(...)