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

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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The funding of political parties is only one aspect of the way money can corrupt the political system.

Clashes as Euro leaders take to the field

Germany: Angela Merkel pledges to give German MPs first sight of eurozone rescue plan as officials gather in Brussels for pivotal summit

Money – the bad smell that lingers on in politics

This attempt to clean up party funding may go the way of all the rest, says Andrew Grice

Italy vs France: Silvio Berlusconi frustrates French push on ECB and the bailout fund

Italy and Spain – not France and Germany – are the new obstacles to a "big bazooka" solution to the eurozone debt crisis, French sources insisted yesterday.

Leading article: The overwhelming case for state party funding

The funding of politics is something that no multi-party democracy, however established or efficient, has managed to solve to everyone's satisfaction.

Golden start for Great Britain

Great Britain claimed three gold medals on the opening day of the European Track Championships in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands yesterday.

EU crises talks critical, says George Osborne

A round of weekend negotiations in Brussels will be "critical" in selling the eurozone crisis, Chancellor George Osborne said today.

Shares soar on eurozone deal hopes

Shares in London soared higher on hopes that politicians could hammer out a deal to ease the eurozone debt crisis by next week.

Satellite expected to hit Earth

German scientists say they expect pieces of a defunct satellite hurtling toward the atmosphere to hit Earth this weekend.

'If they'd had Twitter, then the Paris Commune may have won'

Genevieve Girling, director of The Days of the Commune at the White Bear Theatre, discusses riots, revolutions, and the relevance of Brecht in the Twitter age.

Markets push higher despite fears

Fresh fears that politicians are struggling to get to grips with the eurozone debt crisis failed to dampen the mood of investors today.

Franco-German row blocks debt crisis agreement

Eurozone leaders conceded last night there are still huge divisions on how to solve the bloc's debt crisis with no chance of agreement by the end of Sunday's summit, which was originally slated as a make-or-break meeting.

New Greek bailout cash comes with dire warning

International inspectors forecast Greek debt will reach 181 per cent of GDP

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