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German chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian prime minister Enrico Letta inspect a guard of honour during a welcome ceremony outside the Chancellery in Berlin yesterday. Photograph:Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Italy’s new prime minister Enrico Letta has called on European leaders to devote(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan has endorsed plans for a fresh investigation into the sinking of the RMS Lusitania(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his Spanish counterpart, Mariano Rajoy, have urged European leaders to fulfil their pledge  to break the link between bank and sovereign debt. Photograph: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

urged European leaders to fulfil their pledge last June to break the link between bank and sovereign debt. After talks last evenin(...)

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann says  the ECB could have compromised its political independence with its policy of buying up debt of dubious quality from euro crisis countries. Photograph: Alex Domanski/Reuters

Someone tell Labour: not even Frankfurt’s way is Frankfurt’s any more. That, at least, is the scalding verdict of Bundesbank president Jens Wei(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel addressing the audience at the annual German Savings Banks Association meeting in Dresden last Thurday. A leaked French socialist party commission document referred to the “selfish intransigence of Chancellor Merkel, who thinks only of German depositors, Berlin’s trade balance and her electoral future”. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

After nine hours of debate, a French socialist party commission has agreed to excise an aggressive phrase regarding “the selfish intransigence (...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney is seeking to water down an EU proposal restricting the use of pesticides linked to declining bee number(...)

François Hollande: asked his compatriots to unite in what he called “this only national cause: the struggle against unemployment”. Photograph: Reuters

Reacting to France’s highest unemployment figures to date, President François Hollande asked his compatriots to unite in what he called “this o(...)

 Four EU member states have written to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter requesting that the free movement of workers within the European Union be discussed at a June meeting. Photograph: Eric Luke

Four EU member states have written to Minister for Justice and Home Affairs Alan Shatter requesting that the free movement of workers within th(...)

Spain's prime minister Mariano Rajoy waves as he gets into his car after attending the weekly government's control session at the parliament in Madrid. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Spain will unveil new economic plans today that government officials say will tread a fine line between growth and austerity. Prime mini(...)

Italy’s Chamber of Deputies  at Palazzo Montecitorio  in Rome.  Today’s northern European countries are running up record current-account surpluses, just as some southern European countries are experiencing Weimar-level unemployment. For Italy, Europe’s fourth-largest economy, the slump is deeper than 80 years ago. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Charles P Kindleberger, the great economic historian, once noted that the Great Depression was so deep and so long because of “British inabilit(...)

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