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.

Eurozone says no Greek deal without IMF

Cash-strapped Athens could be left for weeks with no aid

Soviet troops at Stalingrad

Germany to pay Soviet prisoners-of-war

Diplomats say Berlin ready to restore good relations with Moscow

Merkel and Hollande set pollution goal

Leaders among first to aim for zero-emissions target

The mistake that could trigger Brexit

If Britain is to vote for staying in the EU, the argument must turn to the merits of engagement

Germans sceptical about Cameron’s EU push

Public backs a firm approach to UK over membership

Airbus sues over alleged German spying

Berlin embarrassed by claims of espionage on behalf of the US

EU and Great Britain flag next to each other.

Exit will hit UK more than EU, says study

Britain warned economy could shrink by 3% after leaving Brussels

The IMF's big stick

The fund has whip hand over Europeans in Athens stand-off

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Bund yields track hopes for Greek accord

Greek borrowing costs ease and euro rises during of Riga talks

EU increases funds for refugee operation

Sharp policy U-turn amid public outcry over migrant deaths

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