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German chancellor Angela Merkel on a video screen as she addresses the audience at a meeting in Dresden recently. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Germany is reshaping the European economy in its own image. It is using its position as the largest economy and dominant creditor country to tu(...)

In pure trophy terms, Alex Ferguson is unmatched as Britain’s best manager. His 13th Premier League title represented the 49th time he had got his (...)

The Syrian army captured a strategic southern town from rebel fighters today after a ferocious two-month bombardment, in an advance likely to r(...)

Primo Levi was born in 1919 in Turin, capital of Piedmont in northwestern Italy, into a family that had settled there about 1500, after the exp(...)

Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem: “The outcome [of bank stress tests] we don’t know yet, but it might be worrying,” Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

The head of the group of 17 euro zone finance ministers has warned that the results of stress tests on euro zone banks scheduled for next year (...)

French finance minister Pierre Moscovici  and his German counterpart, Wolfgang Schäuble, worked hard in Berlin yesterday to play down recent tensions over the pace of austerity measures. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

French finance minister Pierre Moscovici has promised to keep up the pace of economic reform in return for Paris being granted more time to rea(...)

European Commission president José Manuel Barroso: “While the leap towards monetary union was taken, the economic leg of the EMU [European Monetary Union] stayed behind.” Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Further economic and monetary integration must be a priority if the European Union is to meet the challenges of the 21st century, a conference (...)

Paris Plage, the artificial beach provided in central Paris in summertime. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

When a bank holiday falls on Tuesday or Thursday, French employees take the Monday or Friday off as well. The practice is known as a (...)

People pass by a political poster reading:  “Troika out. Elections now. Turn the crisis around. Cut the debt and not the salaries”, on a street in Lisbon earlier today.  Photograph: Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters

Portugal has issued its first new government bonds since requesting (...)

Tottenham Hotspur’s manager Andre Villas-Boas. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Andre Villas-Boas has accused Chelsea of playing “invisible” football and lacking style or identity since the days of Jose Mourinho as he prepares (...)

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