French cafés and restaurants have begun to reopen after the coronavirus lockdown, helping boost business activity. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP

The downturn in European business activity slowed markedly in June as restrictions to contain the coronavirus crisis were eased, according to a closel(...)

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union leader Angela Merkel  arrives for marathon talks with the Social Democratic Party to thrash out terms for a coalition government  in Berlin last night. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has clinched a coalition agreement with the Social Democrats that calls for a national minimum wage and pledges to inc(...)