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(...)

‘The Europe of Shame’: left-leaning and satirical newspapers set their sights on the EU and IMF as talks are ongoing. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP 5:02

“Enough is enough,” proclaims the left-leaning Efimerida ton Syntakton. Alongside it on the newsstands, under the headline “The Europe of Shame”, the (...)

“The currency union will remain instable as long as it is not complemented with a banking, fiscal and economics union,” philosopher Juergen Habermas has written in German newspaper  the Süddeutsche Zeitung. File photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has accused Angela Merkel of undermining the European Union and its common currency by putting investor interests a(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel. ‘Holding the euro zone together will require Merkel to do something she has rarely done: make a far-reaching decision at odds with German public opinion.’ Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Getty Images 1:47

When German chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the Bundestag last Thursday morning, she said little she hadn’t said before. In her remarks on the b(...)

 Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis: ‘Regrettably, my presentation was met with deafening silence. Excepting Michael Noonan’s apt remark, all other interventions ignored our proposals.’ Above, Varoufakis and     Noonan at the start of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Board of Governors, ahead of the Eurogroup Meeting of Finance ministers in Luxembourg on Thursday. Photograph: EPA/JULIEN WARNAND 1:23

Last Thursday’s eurogroup meeting went down in history as a lost opportunity to produce an already belated agreement between Greece and its creditors.(...)

Crowds react in the courtyard at Dublin Castle the Yes vote in the referendum on same-sex marrage. An ally of chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out allowing Germany to follow the Irish example on marriage equality, saying “marriage is ... the union of man and woman”. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

A close ally of chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out allowing Germany to follow the Irish example on marriage equality, saying “marriage is ... the (...)

A gay couple attend a street demonstration in Berlin. Photograph: Snapshot Photography/Ullstein/Getty Images

A ghost is haunting Germany: the ghost of Catholic Ireland. Four days after Irish voters backed marriage equality, politicians of all persuasions here(...)

Friday’s vote, and Saturday’s result, generated huge interest in Germany – topping the main evening news and shattering many dearly-held if dusty cliches about the “grüne Insel” or green isle.

Germany’s opposition parties have demanded that Berlin’s grand coalition follow Ireland’s example and legalise same-sex marriage.Friday’s vote, and Sa(...)

Senator Timmy Dooley: thanked the Tánaiste for her history lesson

The Bundestag was in the Dáil yesterday.However, it was no takeover of the national parliament, despite claims that Germany is calling the fiscal shot(...)