German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble during a special session of the German Bundestag over the proposed bailout package for Greece last week.  Photograph: EPA/BERND VON JUTRCZENKA

There is no euro zone crisis. It’s impossible to understand what’s going on now if you start out with the assumption that there is a single community (...)

‘Flamby’ no more: France’s president, Francois Hollande,  in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Ian Langdson/EPA

France’s president, François Hollande, is not in the habit of bragging, but he’s likely to be unusually cheerful in his annual televised interview mar(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel. Today and the days ahead will tell a lot about whether Germany wants a euro zone dominated entirely by its view of the world, or is prepared to work with France and others to find a way forward out of the Greek crisis.  Photograph: ELVIS BARUKCIC/AFP/Getty Images

The dramatic clashes over Greece, which boiled over in Saturday’s meeting of euro group finance ministers, surely have major implications for the futu(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Police stand guard as a woman withdraws money from an  in Athens on Thursday  during a demonstration supporting the No vote for the upcoming referendum on Greece’s bailout terms. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images.

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has told the Greeks public the problems they face because of closed banks “will not last long”. Mr Tsipras said he(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel (left) and German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble talk during a meeting at the  Bundestag in Berlin, on Wednesday.  Photograph: EPA

One by one, leading figures in the German government made their way to the podium in the sun-drenched chamber of the Bundestag on Wednesday and accuse(...)

A man walks past graffiti in Athens. Greek bond yields were  up by 10 percentage points this morning

Government borrowing costs in Europe’s southern countries shot up on Monday as unsettled investors responded to raised expectations that Greece could (...)

French finance minister Michel Sapin talks to his Greek counterpart Yanis Varoufakis (right) during an European Union finance ministers meeting in Luxembourg. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters 1:44

The European Central Bank has agreed to raise the cap on emergency funding for the Greek banking sector according to reports. Following an emergency c(...)

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(...)