News Social Democrats count votes in Berlin yesterday

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

Andrew Grice: Cleaning up political funding will help remove the smell of scandal

The cloud has hung over British politics for years. How our parties are funded has added to the bad smell that has turned off many voters. They suspect that donors expect – and get – something in return for their money. The MPs' expenses scandal added to the stench. Money and politics are a dangerous cocktail, as Liam Fox discovered. The funding of his self-styled adviser Adam Werritty by businessmen contributed to his downfall as Defence Secretary. Although the official inquiry found that Mr Werritty was not a lobbyist, the affair shone a light on the murky world of lobbying.

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.

The shady world of lobbying

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

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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