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A customer pays for a hot dog in Frankfurt at the start of  2002. The euro’s introduction is remembered as an unsentimental quid pro quo. Photograph: AP/Wolfram Steinberg

Germans are not known for public outbursts of emotion yet many get misty-eyed at the memory of the Deutschmark, which began its long goodbye 20 years (...)

The euro is now the currency of 340 million people in 19 countries and internationally meets the key criteria of wide acceptability as a means of exchange and as a store of value. Photograph: iStock

Sometimes European politics has found a way to take a step forward. At a summit of European Union leaders in the Dutch town of Maastricht in December (...)

Final farewell: Angela Merkel is preparing to leave the political stage. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AFP/Getty

Eastern Germany’s lonely Baltic coast is a beautiful if desolate place at any time of year. Since 1990 it has been the constituency of Angela Merkel. (...)

 Former US president George HW Bush (bottom) celebrates his 85th birthday by jumping with the US army’s Golden Knight parachute team in a tandem jump with SFC Michael Elliott in Kennebunkport, Maine in  2009. Photograph: Reuters

George Herbert Walker Bush Born June 12th, 1924 Died November 30th, 2018 George HW Bush, who has died aged 94, was the 41st president of the US (19(...)

French soldiers near Verdun battlefield  on which 163,000 French soldiers and 143,000 German soldiers died. Photograph: STF/AFP/Getty

French president Emmanuel Macron will begin a marathon, six-day pilgrimage to key locations of the first World War on Sunday, with German president Fr(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  and  French president Emmanuel Macron   holding hands  at the start of the second day of an European Council summit in Brussels on Friday. Photograph:  EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

At an EU summit in Maastricht in February 1992, journalists were housed in what appeared to be concentric circles around the summit venue, with the bi(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and  leader of the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU) Horst Seehofer: Mr Seehofer has the backing of his party to push through his plan on Monday, which would force Dr Merkel to sack him. Photograph:  Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

The fronts in Germany’s government crisis hardened on Friday when chancellor Angela Merkel was accused by her Bavarian allies of “splitting” Europe in(...)

Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister and founder of Forza Italia, on an Italian TV show in  January. Photograph: Getty Images

With his perfectly dyed dark hair and his ivory-white teeth glistening in the lights of the television studio, Silvio Berlusconi – the octogenarian co(...)

Leo Varadkar in Davos on Thursday: “America made itself great by trading and accepting migrants from all over the world.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar signalled on Thursday that a rejuvenated Franco-German alliance would face opposition if decisions on the future of the Europea(...)

Economist and campaigner Raymond Crotty: his Supreme Court case to prevent the government signing the Single European Act led to the landmark decision that the treaty must be put to the Irish people by way of a referendum. Photographer: Jack McManus

Taoiseach Charles Haughey was forced to engage in an urgent round of phone calls with European leaders in spring 1987 to explain why Ireland could not(...)

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