Sweden Democrats leader leader Jimmie Akesson gestures in front of a poster that reads, “Sweden’s third largest party!” at the SD’s election night party  in Stockholm on Sunday. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats  became the country’s third largest party. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/Reuters

Sweden and Germany seem like the last places in Europe where populist, anti-immigration politics could take root: Sweden because of its liberal social(...)

A man walks past a campaign placard of eurosceptic  Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) party’s Freuke Petry. The slogan reads: “Bailout Funds for Schools, not Banks.”Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are poised to cling on to power in today’s election in the east German state of Saxony, but right-lean(...)

A sticker demanding asylum for US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden is seen outside the partially-finished new headquarters of Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Opposition parties in Berlin have threatened to ask the constitutional court to overturn the German government’s refusal to grant Edward Snowden asyl(...)

Ulrich Grillo, head of the Federation of German Industry, said sanctions could would come at a “painful” cost to European business, and to German exporters, but that the game had changed with Russia. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany’s powerful business lobby has dropped its opposition to tougher sanctions against Russia ahead of today’s crunch EU ambassador meeting in Bru(...)

Carsten Schneider: the SPD  finance spokesman said any move to recapitalise Irish banks would require all ESM member states to approve additional funding for the purpose. “That will never happen,” he said. Photograph:  Thomas Koehler/Getty Images

Senior Bundestag figures in Berlin have said the ESM bailout fund’s new power to recapitalise banks – in the future and retroactively – is a political(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Mr Kenny will today address a meeting of the economic council of Dr Merkel’s CDU party.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

When Taoiseach Enda Kenny visits Berlin today he will be reminded how, in fashion as in politics, déjà vu keeps coming round again. First, he open(...)

Senior SPD figures including Martin Schulz (centre), a candidate to be the next president of the Euroeoan Commission, celebrate the celebrate the projectted EU election results in Berlin on Sunday.  Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) won Germany’s European elections yesterday but was on course to lose seven of the country’(...)

 A projection shows an estimation of seats in the European parliament on giant screen at EU parliament during elections evening in Brussels this evening.  Photograph: EPA

Exit polls show a surge in support for far right Eurosceptics in European Parliament elections. After four days of voting by an electorate with more t(...)

Angela Merkel’s CDU comfortably topped the poll in Germany, but the rise of AfD is an indication of the shifting political ground in Europe. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/EPA

European citizens went to the polls this weekend for the first time since the full scale of the financial crisis became apparent. The result wa(...)

 A damaged CDU election poster with German Chancellor Merkel for the EU election campaign in Potsdam, Germany. Photograph: Ralf Hirschberger/EPA

Germany’s European election campaign has involved lots of political shadow boxing between its grand coalition partners rather than serious debate from(...)