Angela Merkel

The Guardian view on austerity: a grotesque failure that must not be revived | Public sector pay

This is the week that Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak began softening up doctors, teachers and other public sector workers for a squeeze to their pay and cuts to their departmental budgets.

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EU leaders in bitter clash over Covid-19 recovery package | World news

Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, accused his Dutch counterpart of using the same methods as his country’s former communist leaders on Sunday, as EU leaders publicly clashed during tense and acrimonious negotiations

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Bitter coronavirus summit exposes trust deficit among EU leaders | World news

Bad-tempered, late-running EU summits have hardly been unusual over the last decade of eurozone crisis and endless fights over migration. But the latest three-day gathering of EU leaders, with a €1.8tn (£1.6tn)

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Why the UK is the sick man of Europe again | Letters | UK news

Martin Kettle is absolutely right in his comparison between Germany’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and that of the UK (On different planets: how Germany tackled the pandemic, and Britain flailed, 24

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