Bernd Lucke at the founding meeting of the new party, in Kassel, western Germany. Photograph: Uwe Zucchi/AFP/Getty Images

The founder of Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, who quit after being ousted from the leadership, has created a new party to continu(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble during a special session of the German Bundestag over the proposed bailout package for Greece, in Berlin, Germany, yesterday. Photograph: Bernd von Jutrczenka/EPA

For her 61st birthday yesterday, Angela Merkel received two presents in the Bundestag. The first – welcome but unnecessary – was a bunch of flowers. T(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during debates prior to a vote over the third EU financial aid package Photograph:Sean Gallup/Getty Images 1:47

Germany’s Bundestag has mandated Berlin to join talks on a third bailout for Greece, after Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that the outcome will deter(...)

Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan, Dutch Finance Minister , President of Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan and French finance minister Michel Sapin at the start of a special Eurogroup Finance ministers meeting on Greek crisis at EU council headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

There will be no immediate budgetary implications for Ireland if a third bailout for Greece is agreed, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said. (...)

Protesting outside the Greek parliament against agreement for a third bailout with euro zone leaders. Photograph: Getty Images 1:12

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras was facing open rebellion in his coalition as he moved to act on demands by Greece’s lenders for a series of cuts (...)

Head of the eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem: “A lot of trust had been lost . . . it has to be rebuilt.”  Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

  Negotiations on a third bailout for Greece will take at least four weeks, the head of the eurogroup of finance ministers predicted yeste(...)

A eurosceptic implosion

The crisis affecting Europe’s single currency has been a boon to Eurosceptic parties across the continent, as voters have become disenchanted with the(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (C) is congratulated by  after a voting session at the parliament in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters 1:30

Euro zone ministers are meeting in Brussels today to discuss a further bailout for Greece after prime minister Alexis Tsipras won backing from parliam(...)

Protestors outside the Greek parliament. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

EU and IMF officials have given euro zone governments a positive assessment of Greece’s request for a new bailout, a source close to the matter said,(...)

Angela Merkel: her Bavarian allies, the Christian Social Union, said the proposals contained little different previous proposals. Photograph:  Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

The German government has adopted a characteristically cautious response to new Greek reform proposals, warning that it won’t ask for a Bundestag man(...)