Angela MerkelAngela Merkel was appointed Germany’s first female chancellor in 2005, having been leader of centre-right Christian Democratic Union since 2000.

She was formerly a research physicist and after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 entered politics serving in East Germany's first – and last – freely elected government.

Berlin toughens its stance towards Greece

Trust hard to find as German political opinion hardens

Corporate Germany baffled by VW chairman

Piëch’s outburst leaves him isolated

German MP quits in Greek bailout revolt

Resignation underlines unease over rescues

Greek morals and German maths

When an economy risks disintegration, facts and figures are a hard sell, says Nikolaus Blome

Athens raids public health coffers

Greek government ‘a minute from midnight’, says analyst

Merkel and Tsipras meet to defuse tension

German and Greek leaders strike conciliatory note at summit

Q&A: As Greece and creditors squabble, cash is running out

EU authorities that could bail it out are refusing to do so

What markets are watching this week

Focus on battle between Greece and its creditors

Merkel pressed to act tough over Greece

German chancellor to meet Alexis Tsipras in Berlin

Tsipras warns Merkel of ‘impossible’ debt

Concerns mount Athens could run out of cash in April

Greek and German policy makers to meet

Greek crisis and slowdown in trade to keep German exports subdued

Luis de Guindos, Spanish economy minister

Reforms before cash, Spain warns Greece

Patience wearing thin across eurozone

Greek bailout summit ends in disarray

Leaders in verbal hostilities after meeting over funding deal

Tsipras vows to accelerate reforms

Wrangles continue as PM fails to secure urgently needed cash

ECB considers curb on Greek T-bill deals

Move would cut off funding source for Athens

Dispute over self-rule puts truce in doubt

Obstacles remain to full implementation of the Minsk peace deal

Ukraine talks revive Franco-German entente

Ceasefire negotiations rekindle jaded relationship

Merkel to boycott Russian war ceremony

Chancellor to mark end of second world war in separate visit

Merkel intervenes in Japanese war debate

Germany faced its history ‘openly’, says chancellor

07 FEB 2012, BERLIN/GERMANY: Nikolaus Meyer-Landrut, Leiter der Abteilung 5 - Europapolitik - im Bundeskanzleramt, vor Beginn der BELA Debatte "Europas Weg in die Zukunft", Neues Museum IMAGE: 20120207-01-001

Merkel set to lose senior adviser

EU expert expected to become ambassador to France

Syriza and Europe must be patient

Both can overcome mutual suspicion to work towards a fuller deal

Bundestag backs Greek bailout extension

Protesters in Athens demonstrate against Syriza deal

German MPs urged to be tough with Greece

Business lobby’s warning reflects doubts about extended bailout

Schäuble sets stage for Athens showdown

Greek crisis tests eurozone’s stability and Berlin’s EU leadership

Ukraine rebels claim most of Debaltseve

Clashes leave ceasefire hanging by thread

We are all victims now

Politicians, bankers and corporate bosses have joined the swelling ranks of the oppressed

The meaning of the Minsk agreement

The devilish detail of this document is highly advantageous to the Russians, writes Niall Ferguson

Merkel keeps up the heat on Greece

Chancellor continues to block Tsipras plan for new bailout deal

Merkel at centre of Europe’s storms

Sleep-deprived chancellor earns praise for shuttle diplomacy

Leaders agree Ukraine ceasefire

Truce to take effect from midnight on Saturday

Ingram Pinn illustration

Guns are only half an answer for Kiev

Modern weaponry will not overturn the facts: Ukraine alone cannot defeat the Russian army

Ukraine fighting rages as leaders meet

Putin, Poroshenko, Merkel and Hollande seek truce in Minsk

Fighting rages on eve of Ukraine talks

Rebels attack Kramatorsk as state forces make gains near Mariupol

Arming Ukraine ‘an option’, says Obama

US president admits to possible tactical differences with Europe

Fears rise on Czech leader’s Russia view

Prague officials concerned over support for Putin

Obama to raise trade talks with Merkel

US officials fear Trans-Atlantic trade talks have got off to a false start

Merkel to meet Obama to discuss Ukraine

Chancellor’s shuttle diplomacy continues as calls mount for arming Kiev

US urges eurozone compromise with Athens

Washington fears lengthy stand-off would damage global economy

Europe pushes ahead with Ukraine peace talks

Merkel flies to Washington for Obama meeting

Germany opposes calls for west to arm Ukraine

US pours scorn on European efforts to engage with Putin