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: Ministers forced down beneath the dark clouds of reality

Ministers have a real dilemma over how to respond to the dark economic clouds hanging over the Conservative Party conference. Too much emphasis on what Winston Churchill called the "sunlit uplands" and the Tories would look dangerously out of touch with millions of families struggling with squeezed household budgets. But too much gloom and there is a danger of turning a eurozone drama into a full-scale British crisis.

Angela Merkel reads Benjamin Netanyahu the riot act over settlement plan

Israel has infuriated its most reliable West European ally, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, by announcing expansion of a Jewish settlement in Jerusalem in defiance of a US-backed warning to both parties in the Middle East conflict to avoid "provocative actions".

Ben Chu: Germany's curious continental divide

It is a German paradox. Opinion polls show that the population is mostly hostile to more bailouts for Greece and the use of German national credit to underpin a rescue for the rest of the eurozone. And yet the most popular political parties in Germany – the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Greens – are those that back precisely those policies. Indeed, the party that has tried an ostensibly populist anti-European pitch – the Free Democratic Party (FDP) – was almost wiped out in this month's Berlin state elections.

Ben Chu: How long can Germany sustain this contradiction?

It is a German paradox. Opinion polls show that the population is mostly hostile to more bailouts for Greece and the use of German national credit to underpin a rescue for the rest of the eurozone. And yet the most popular political parties in Germany at the moment – the Social Democrats and the Greens – are those that back precisely those policies. Indeed, the party that has tried an ostensibly populist anti-European pitch – the Free Democratic Party (FDP) – was almost wiped out in this month's Berlin state elections.

Adrian Ghenie puts fiends in the frame

A five-metre long collage featuring a fox-hunt has some disconcerting aspects: a German bomber hovers at the top of the scene, and beneath, alongside the men in breeches riding and the rolling English countryside is a sinister-looking Siamese-twin dog running among the pack of Stubbsian hounds.

Markets give lukewarm welcome to German 'yes' vote on bailout

Merkel still has to deliver complete response to eurozone debt crisis, investors warn

Gomez pounces to punish City on horror night for Mancini

Bayern Munich 2 Manchester City 0

Steve Richards: Miliband takes a brave step to the centre-left – now he needs to find the policies

The Labour leader seeks to move the centre leftwards with a new message about the role of government

Jerome Boateng rules out Manchester City Champions League success

Jerome Boateng cannot wait to meet up with his old Manchester City team-mates tomorrow night - but has written off their chances of reaching the Champions League final.

Eurozone members look at 'big bang' plan to overcome debt crisis

Under pressure from the US and the rest of the international community, eurozone officials are considering a "big bang" plan to increase the size of the European bailout fund to tame financial markets and bring the sovereign debt crisis under control.

Miliband suffers double setback ahead of crucial conference speech

Ed Miliband suffered a double setback last night as the Conservatives edged ahead of Labour in a poll for i which shows that only one in four voters regards him as a credible Prime Minister-in-waiting.

German spy agency hired Nazi criminal for Cuba job

The Nazi war criminal who invented the mobile gas chamber and used it to murder thousands of Jews was recruited by West German intelligence after the Second World War and tried unsuccessfully to spy on Cuba's revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, new documents have revealed.

Eurozone members look at 'big bang' plan to overcome debt crisis

Bailout fund may be given increased powers, says ECB, as German Chancellor seeks support for cash injection to Greece

Brother David enters the fray: Labour needs a cultural change

Labour must undergo a cultural change to ensure that Ed Miliband becomes prime minister, his brother David Miliband said last night.

Did a boy live in the woods for five years?

Tony Paterson explores the German forest where 'Ray' emerged with his remarkable survival story

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MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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