French president Emmanuel Macron   at a ceremony marking the centenary of the end of the first World War at  the Douaumont Ossuary cemetery  near Verdun. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AP

The forest of Compiègne opens onto a desolate glade, blanketed by fog on a recent autumn morning. Workers were draining the soaked earth and covering (...)

Ms Donnery  already leads an ECB taskforce charged with bringing down the euro zone’s trillion euro problem of soured credit inherited from the financial crisis and concentrated in southern Europe

Germany is backing Irishwoman Sharon Donnery as the next head of the European Central Bank’s banking watchdog, hoping she will be tough on tackling ba(...)

The big challenge will, of course, be the necessary integration of hundreds of thousands of asylumseekers once their claim has been officially recognised. FADEL SENNA/AFP/Getty Images

In early May 2006, in the lovely mountain resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps, ministers and senators of the 16 federal states in Ge(...)

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(...)

The visage of Kaiser Wilhelm II – a steely gaze between a pointed moustache and spiked, Pickelhaube helmet – is one of the most potent images of the f(...)

The Munich apartment building  where it is believed  German customs discovered a €1 billion hoard of missing artworks. Photograph: Michael Dalder/Reuters

The German recluse whose billion-dollar art hoard was seized by authorities has broken his silence to ask for the pictures back and to deny his father(...)