A protester holds a sheet with the Greek word for ‘No’ during an open house presentation of Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party  in Berlin, while German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks in the background. Photograph: Getty Images

When Alexis Tsipras meets Angela Merkel today in Brussels, the German leader may like to remind her mythology-loving Greek counterpart of the fate of (...)

European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis: European taxpayers had offered “unprecedented financial assistance” to Greece. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Euro zone finance ministers and leaders gather in Brussels today for a series of emergency meetings on Greece that are likely to prove decisive in th(...)

Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis drives his motorcyle with his wife Danae Stratou after exiting the finance ministry in Athens. Photograph: Fotis Plegas/EPA 1:48

The International Monetary Fund said on Monday it was monitoring the situation in Greece and was ready to lend a hand if asked following a referend(...)

Alternative für Deutschland’s  (AfD) new leader  Frauke Petry smiles  at the party congress in Essen, western Germany, at the weekend.  Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

The Eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is facing a split after a weekend putsch saw Prof Bernd Lucke, the party’s founder, ousted by a ha(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel: after five years of warning that “if the euro fails, Europe fails”, she knows that if Greece hits the wall, her European legacy will be part of the collateral damage. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg 0:56

Caught off-guard by news of the Greek referendum, Germany’s risk-averse chancellor Angela Merkel adopted an unusually high-risk strategy last week and(...)

Berlin Pride: German marchers began to march, wondering: if even the Irish can do marriage equality, why can’t we? Photograph: Britta Pedersen/ EPA

After five years of being draped in drab euro-crisis colours, Ireland’s image in Germany has set sail under a new, rainbow flag. That much was very(...)

Klaus Regling: as director of the ESM he helps manage the bailout programme and loans. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Ahead of tomorrow’s referendum uncertainties abound over whether Greece will apply for a third bailout, what it would look like and, most importantly,(...)

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(...)

The note on the Merkel phone call in 2011

German chancellor Angela Merkel admitted in a 2011 phone call that Greek debt would be unsustainable even after a second debt write-down, according to(...)

The word ‘No’ in Greek is daubed over the sign for the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters  in Frankfurt. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

As the first rays of sun in Frankfurt struck the skyscrapers of Germany’s financial capital, people hurrying to work were shocked but not surprised th(...)