French president Emmanuel Macron gives a TV address to the nation announcing sweeping new measures to stem the spread of the new Covid-19 virus. Photograph: France Televisions via AP

Relief is on the way for banks in France, Italy and Germany, as the region’s biggest economies resort to crisis-era tools to limit the damage from the(...)

Chancellor  Angela Merkel speaks during an election campaign stop in a fest tent  in Dachau, Germany. Photograph: Joerg Koch/Getty Images

The European elections aren’t due until next summer but when Germans go to the polls in a month, their decision will have an impact across the contine(...)