News Social Democrats count votes in Berlin yesterday

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives were on course to form a grand coalition government.

Oliver Wright: The PM badly misjudged the feeling in his party

When David Cameron decided to impose a three-line whip on Tory MPs for last night's vote on an EU referendum, he miscalculated.

Cameron wins Europe vote but loses support of backbenchers

David Cameron was warned last night he faces years of backbench rebellion over Europe as dozens of Conservative MPs voted against the Coalition Government over its refusal to allow a referendum on withdrawal from the European Union.

UK's gas storage capacity falls 'dangerously low'

The Government needs to step up its efforts to protect the UK's energy supplies from short-term shocks, with the country's "dangerously low" gas storage capacity leaving it prone to supply interruptions and sudden price spikes, an influential group of MPs will warn this morning.

Sarkozy and Merkel must present an image of happy togetherness

Europe's political differences – a very personal matter

National leaders need to be friends to deal with the euro crisis but sometimes carefully hidden emotions burst out. Peter Popham probes the real relationships at the top of the European family

Switzerland and US close to deal over tax evasion

The largest banks operating in Switzerland are hopeful of tying up a wide-ranging deal to end US charges that they helped thousands of Americans to evade taxes in their home country, but the deal could cost them billions of dollars in settlement costs.

Phil Dowd's dismissal of Chris Herd caused bemusement

James Corrigan: Why can't refs explain decisions afterwards?

He got it wrong. It happens. I was sure I saw Madonna down my street. It wasn’t her. She was in New York

Conservatives in disarray as 70 MPs threaten revolt over EU

David Cameron is today facing the prospect of the largest Commons rebellion of his premiership, with dozens of Conservative MPs likely to defy the Government and vote for a referendum on Britain's EU membership.

Cameron joins talks on Euro crisis

Prime Minister David Cameron and fellow EU leaders are bidding for more progress today in the latest of a series of meetings to crack the economic crisis.

Joy as Tunisians prepare for their first free vote

"Today, I'm going to the hairdresser and the hammam [steam baths]. I have new clothes – just like for a big celebration," says Jannet, in Tunis. "I won't be able to sleep and tomorrow I'll go to the polling station at 7am, first thing." At that thought, the 57-year-old starts crying, tears of joy: "I'm so proud, so excited" she says. "And so relieved the fear is over."

Bolshoi's back after scandal-hit refurbishment

Opera house hopes to reclaim its top-venue status following eight-year facelift

MP calls for Standards Commissioner to question Fox

Liam Fox last night faced the prospect of a fresh investigation into his relationship with best man and self-styled adviser Adam Werritty over claims that Mr Fox failed to declare donations to the House of Commons.

Citroën DS5

Yes, it looks dramatic. But, sadly, any dreams of the marque's classic smooth ride disappear in a welter of thumps and fidgets

Kidnap couple call for intervention to stop Somali pirates

British government under pressure to act as economic costs of Indian Ocean attacks mount

Merkel blocks quick deal on debt crisis

Angela Merkel signalled her intention yesterday to put German domestic opinion ahead of diplomatic niceties as European leaders began five days of intense wrangling over an attempt to resolve the eurozone debt crisis. At Germany's insistence, tomorrow's gathering in Brussels will be a mere warm-up for a more important summit next Wednesday.

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