French EPP President Joseph Daul aat a European People’s Party meeting. He said: “no other country” has advanced without implementing structural reforms, as he criticised Syriza’s “political gambling.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The Greek crisis has accentuated policy differences between the political groups in the European Parliament, as the main political groupings try to fo(...)

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 2:19

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 (...)

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(...)

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,(...)

 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 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(...)

A banner hangs over the Greek parliament during a rally calling on European and IMF creditors to soften their stance during cash-for-reforms talks in Athens on June 17th. Photograph: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

Almost five months after the Syriza-led government assumed power, the brinkmanship between Greece and its international creditors has reached dangerou(...)

The IMF has lent  nearly one-third of the total €240 billion loaned to Greece,  with the rest coming from euro zone governments and the bloc’s rescue fund. 1:20

For the International Monetary Fund, five years of playing junior partner in European bailouts for Greece has been a “never again” experience, and the(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras at the start of a Latin America summit in Brussels, Belgium on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Signs of a possible breakthrough on the Greek impasse emerged from Brussels on Wednesday evening, amid reports that Germany was privately in favour of(...)

Tatjana Festerling Pegida  candidate for Dresden’s mayorship. Photograph: Jens Schlueter/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s far-right anti-Islam Pegida movement took nearly 10 per cent of the vote in mayoral elections in its eastern stronghold of Dresden on Sunday(...)