German chancellor Angela Merkel: “It must be in the interest of everyone and of Germany that Europe emerges stronger from this test.” Photograph: Markus Schreiber

The European Union is facing the biggest challenge since its foundation, chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Monday as she stressed Germany’s readiness(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte is facing possibility of having to go it alone with a minority budget next month. Photograph: Remko De Waal/EPA

Still without a new government about 160 days after the March general election, the Netherlands is facing the collapse of its caretaker coalition – an(...)