Sigmar Gabriel

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German vice chancellor, economy and energy minister Sigmar Gabriel: SPD officials accuse him of damaging party credibility and alienating traditional centre-left voters with his Greek comments. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

With the return of the Greek crisis, many in Berlin viewed Chancellor Angela Merkel as the German politician with the most to lose. Predictably enough(...)

A protester holds a sheet with the Greek word for ‘No’ during an open house presentation of Germany’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party  in Berlin, while German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks in the background. Photograph: Getty Images

When Alexis Tsipras meets Angela Merkel today in Brussels, the German leader may like to remind her mythology-loving Greek counterpart of the fate of (...)

People celebrate in front of the Greek parliament as the people of Greece reject the debt bailout by creditors on July 6th, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The European Union entered uncharted waters on Sunday night after Greek voters emphatically rejected an international bailout, defying warnings that a(...)

Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s economy and energy minister: “We’re sending an international signal to show we are achieving the switch to renewables in a highly industrialised country and are setting European and international standards.” Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

After months of squabbling, Berlin’s ruling coalition has struck a compromise it says will square the circle on how to abandon nuclear energy without(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: said she would not be blackmailed into an agreement with Athens at any price. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Getty Images

Germany has said that any solution on the Greek standoff with its European creditors will have to wait until after Sunday’s referendum – and will in(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel at the press conference in  Berlin. Merkel said she is prepared to hold talks with Athens even after Greece’s planned referendum next weekend. Photograph: EPA/ Wolfgang Kumm EPA/Britta Pedersen

As Germany’s political leaders gathered yesterday to celebrate the 70th birthday party of Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the(...)

 German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble at a press briefing during the special Eurogroup Finance ministers meeting on the Greek crisis  in Brussels. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold emergency meetings today with German political party leaders, and parliamentarians of her Christian Democratic Unio(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble says ‘that anything should happen now is really ruled out’. Photograph: Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble - looking like he’d aged a decade in a week - summed up the latest twist in the Greek crisis on the evening (...)

A banner hangs over the Greek parliament during a rally calling on European and IMF creditors to soften their stance during cash-for-reforms talks in Athens on June 17th. Photograph: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

Almost five months after the Syriza-led government assumed power, the brinkmanship between Greece and its international creditors has reached dangerou(...)

‘Greece is more right than its critics. One doesn’t have to agree with the politics of the far-left in Greece to vindicate the integrity of the economic case they bring to the table.’ Above,  Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras walks in front of European flags after he participated in a bilateral meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the sidelines of the EU meetings in Brussels on  June 11th, 2015. Photograph: AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert

The narrative of the euro zone crisis, the epicentre of which is Greece, has been airbrushed. Germany’s insistence that the 2012 bailout programme is (...)

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