Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s economy and energy minister: “We’re sending an international signal to show we are achieving the switch to renewables in a highly industrialised country and are setting European and international standards.” Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

After months of squabbling, Berlin’s ruling coalition has struck a compromise it says will square the circle on how to abandon nuclear energy without(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: said she would not be blackmailed into an agreement with Athens at any price. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Getty Images

Germany has said that any solution on the Greek standoff with its European creditors will have to wait until after Sunday’s referendum – and will in(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel at the press conference in  Berlin. Merkel said she is prepared to hold talks with Athens even after Greece’s planned referendum next weekend. Photograph: EPA/ Wolfgang Kumm EPA/Britta Pedersen

As Germany’s political leaders gathered yesterday to celebrate the 70th birthday party of Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the(...)

 German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble at a press briefing during the special Eurogroup Finance ministers meeting on the Greek crisis  in Brussels. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold emergency meetings today with German political party leaders, and parliamentarians of her Christian Democratic Unio(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble says ‘that anything should happen now is really ruled out’. Photograph: Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble - looking like he’d aged a decade in a week - summed up the latest twist in the Greek crisis on the evening (...)

A banner hangs over the Greek parliament during a rally calling on European and IMF creditors to soften their stance during cash-for-reforms talks in Athens on June 17th. Photograph: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

Almost five months after the Syriza-led government assumed power, the brinkmanship between Greece and its international creditors has reached dangerou(...)

‘Greece is more right than its critics. One doesn’t have to agree with the politics of the far-left in Greece to vindicate the integrity of the economic case they bring to the table.’ Above,  Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras walks in front of European flags after he participated in a bilateral meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the sidelines of the EU meetings in Brussels on  June 11th, 2015. Photograph: AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

The narrative of the euro zone crisis, the epicentre of which is Greece, has been airbrushed. Germany’s insistence that the 2012 bailout programme is (...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has called on the EU and IMF to “accede to realism” and end the “vicious cycle of austerity” in an attempt to increase pressure on the country’s international lenders. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis 2:26

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has called on the EU and IMF to “accede to realism” and end the “vicious cycle of austerity” in an attempt to incr(...)

Sigmar Gabriel, the leader of German chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats, said that, while he wanted to keep Greece in the euro, patience was wearing thin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/EPA 1:18

Fears were increasing last night that a last-ditch deal for Greece will not be agreed before Thursday’s key Eurogroup meeting, after discussions be(...)

Tourists stand under a Greek national flag atop the Acropolis hill in Athens, June 14th, 2015. Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras said he was willing to accept unpalatable compromises to secure a deal with international creditors provided he gets debt relief in return, something that Germany refuses to countenance. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Reuters

There are increasing fears that a last-ditch deal for Greece will not be agreed before Thursday’s key eurogroup meeting. It comes after discussions be(...)