News Social Democrats count votes in Berlin yesterday

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

Europe in disarray with France and Germany divided

Leaders admit 'make-or-break' meeting has no chance of success as second summit is convened for next week

Hamish McRae: The world has too many savers and not enough borrowers

Economic Life: As far as Europe is concerned one of the huge problems is that the common currency has led to economic divergence

Owen Jones: Protest without politics will change nothing

My first experience of police kettling was aged 16. It was May Day 2001, and the anti-globalisation movement was at its peak. The turn-of-the-century anti-capitalist movement feels largely forgotten today, but it was a big deal at the time. To a left-wing teenager growing up in an age of unchallenged neo-liberal triumphalism, just to have "anti-capitalism" flash up in the headlines was thrilling. Thousands of apparently unstoppable protesters chased the world's rulers from IMF to World Bank summits – from Seattle to Prague to Genoa – and the authorities were rattled.

Cameron 'facing mutiny on EU vote'

David Cameron is facing a "mutiny" over the vote on holding a referendum about Britain's future in Europe with a number of ministerial aides poised to quit, it was claimed today.

Arctic Convoys 1941-45: 'The worst journey in the world'

Previously unpublished photographs reveal the treacherous journey to Russia undertaken by Allied naval and merchant ships during World War Two

Rosie Birchall: Politicians no longer think big

Recently the Government proposed an increase in the national speed limit to 80mph. Hardly headline news. Yet it was one of the biggest policy announcements of the week, and widely discussed in the media.

France's 'First Baby' arrives – after Sarko departs for summit

It's a girl, and a nation is gripped. Well, all except her father – he had the euro to take care of...

PM tells Eurosceptics that referendum must wait

David Cameron has hinted that Britain may get a referendum on whether to pull out of the European Union – but not until after the next general election.

Stephen Foley: Cassandra King takes the stage in Liverpool

Outlook The notes struck by Sir Mervyn King sound gloomier each time the Bank of England Governor rises to speak.

Heavyweight champion puts his hat in political ring

As Ukraine's political arena becomes ever more fractious and ill-tempered, a man who is better known for knocking his opponents to the ground is hoping to rise above the fray and unite his country. Vitali Klitschko, the WBC world heavyweight boxing champion, is building his own political party, and perhaps fancies himself as a future President.

Vitali Klitschko: World champion fights for power in Ukraine

The WBC world heavyweight is building a political party – and he's siding with the country's jailed ex-leader

Global warning: climate sceptics are winning the battle

Father of the green movement says scientists lack PR skills to make public listen

Judge quits Cambodia genocide tribunal

The Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal was plunged into turmoil yesterday after one of its investigating judges resigned, claiming the government of Cambodia was trying to interfere with the proceedings of the court.

Letter from the i editor: Learning a foreign language

It’s unfashionable to listen to the head teachers of elite private schools, such as Anthony Seldon, biographer of Tony Blair and head of Wellington College.

Pressure mounts on France and Germany

The eurozone debt crisis intensified last night after Spain and Italy – countries that are seen as too big to bail out – suffered another round of cuts to their credit ratings.

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