Bernd Lucke

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The chairman of the German constitutional court Andreas Vosskuhle  gives out the court’s ruling that the ECB must clarify a key bond-buying scheme, in Karlsruhe. Photograph: Sebastian Gollnow/AFP via Getty Images

A ruling by Germany’s constitutional court has sparked serious fears of the unravelling of the European Union. It’s a delayed judgment from an old fi(...)

 AfD  delegate Wolfgang Gedeon, who described the Holocaust as “the West’s civil religion”. Photograph: Daniel Mauerer/EPA

Germany’s far-right populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) faces a serious split after a row over anti-Semitism prompted 13 MPs – including one of(...)

Bernd Lucke at the founding meeting of the new party, in Kassel, western Germany. Photograph: Uwe Zucchi/AFP/Getty Images

The founder of Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, who quit after being ousted from the leadership, has created a new party to continu(...)

A eurosceptic implosion

The crisis affecting Europe’s single currency has been a boon to Eurosceptic parties across the continent, as voters have become disenchanted with the(...)

Alternative für Deutschland’s  (AfD) new leader  Frauke Petry smiles  at the party congress in Essen, western Germany, at the weekend.  Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

The Eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) is facing a split after a weekend putsch saw Prof Bernd Lucke, the party’s founder, ousted by a ha(...)

AfD leader Bernd Lucke  and co-spokeswoman Frauke Petry. Photograph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty

As the Greek debt crisis goes into extra time, the only consolation for German chancellor Angela Merkel is that her most vociferous bailout critics a(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  in Cologne and Greece’s new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, in Athens. Dr Merkel told German newspapers she  did not “envisage” any fresh debt cut. Photographs: Louisa Gouliamaki, Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has moved to calm concerns over his anti-austerity strategy, vowing not to act “unilaterally” on his country’s €3(...)

Germany’s  minister for finance, Wolfgang Schäuble: “Nobody is forcing anything on Greece. Our attitude to debt. . . remains unchanged.”

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has ruled out a further debt cut for Greece, but said a further extension of existing European Union-Interna(...)

Germany’s federal economics minister, Sigmar Gabriel, was mildly critical of the ECB move. Photograph: EPA

The ECB’s bond-buying programme was greeted in Germany by isolated mild praise amid a hail of criticsim of “Draghi doping”.The euro-critical Alternati(...)

Frauke Petry, chairwoman of the Saxony branch of the AfD,   speaking to the media at the Saxony state parliament in Dresden yesterday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s Eurosceptic Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party has opened the door to co-operation with the Islam-critical Pegida movement. Moving quic(...)

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