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(...)

Migrants  enter a registration camp after crossing the Greek-Macedonian border near Gevgelija on Wednesday. Photograph: Robert AtanasovskiAFP/Getty Images

The refugee crisis unfolding across Europe has been a story of individuals, one in which the image of a drowned boy or the face of a desolate mother t(...)

Portuguese president Aníbal Cavaco Silva: described a Socialist-Communist-BE coalition as “a clearly inconsistent alternative” which threatened to undermine the economy. Photograph: Manuel De Almeida/EPA.

An upcoming parliamentary vote is expected to reject the government programme of prime minister-elect Pedro Passos Coelho, extending a political crisi(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (left) embraces Catalan centre-right politician Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida, as Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy stands by, at the European Peoples Party congress in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Think Fine Gael Ardfheis , European-style. This week close to 3,000 delegates are descending on Madrid for the European People’s Party congress, a mee(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates the 25th anniversary of German reunification. Political critics argue that Germany’s resources are exhausted even before one million refugees arrive this year. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty

Growing disunity over how to manage the refugee crisis overshadowed weekend celebrations marking a quarter century of German unity. A month after Germ(...)

A banner of Alexis Tsipras hangs over Syriza’s pre-election kiosk in Athens. The banner reads: ‘We are winning tomorrow’. Photograph: Reuters

Speculation on the outcome of the September 20th election focuses on whether Alexis Tsipras will be able to form a coalition government. Polls show N(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel casts her vote as the Bundestag yesterday approved a third bailout package for Greece. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty

The much-hyped rebellion against German chancellor Angela Merkel fizzled out shortly after noon at the Bundestag yesterday. Minutes earlier, MPs had(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel  at the German parliament prior to a vote on another bailout package for Greece, in the German Bundestag in Berlin. Photograph: AP Photo/Markus Schreiber 1:01

Chancellor Angela Merkel was given a welcome shot in the arm in Berlin after the Bundestag backed joining a third loans-for-reforms programme for Gree(...)

‘Merkel, for her part, used Schäuble’s exit plan as a bargaining tool, certain that Tsipras would eventually cave in and get rid of Varoufakis.’ Above,  Wolfgang Schäuble, in Dublin last year. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Now the dust has temporarily settled over the ruins of Greece’s economy, it is worth asking if there wasn’t a brief moment when the actors had found a(...)

Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos  shakes hands with German counterpart  Wolfgang Schäuble at the start of the  special Eurogroup meeting in Brussels. Photograph: EPA

Finance ministers of the euro single currency group have approved the first €26 billion of a vast new bailout package to help rebuild Greece’s economy(...)