Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to hold talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron in early June on Britain’s plans to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

British reforms could be an ‘advantage’ for Europe says Minister Dara Murphy

Jyrki Katainen: favours a more market-focused emphasis.  Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty

European Commissioner defends viability of Juncker Plan, which aims to change financial landscape of EU

Latvian president Andris Berzins welcomes German chancellor Angela Merkel at the House of the Blackhead in Riga  at the start of the EU Eastern Partnership Summit. Photograph: Alain Jocardalain/AFP/Getty Images

Leaders at Riga gathering to underline commitment to six former Soviet states

The idea of a specific EU neighbourhood policy to deal with countries to its east began to gain ground in 2007 and 2008, supported by countries such as Poland and Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

As Ukraine crisis deepens, citizens will want reassurance that the union is there for them

British prime minster David Cameron: he will come face to face with EU leaders for the first time since his party’s decisive victory in the British general election two weeks ago. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

British PM to meet EU counterparts as Eastern Partnership talks opens in Riga

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: “The EU has accepted the problem is not only Italy’s. It has agreed to send ships but now they have to accept the quota system.” Photograph: EPA/Angelo Carconi

Spain and France appear to rule out accepting mandatory quotas of migrants as proposed by European Commission

European Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen said it was vital that Ireland continued to reform the country and reduce public debt, particularly when the economic climate was benign

European Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen – reforms best in benign conditions

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: ‘Ninety-five per cent of the migrants have been settled in five states. We believe that is unfair. We will live up to our responsibilities.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland unlikely to take part in European Union operation which needs UN mandate

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme, Ms Burton said children would continue to grow up in Ireland in a variety of family types. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Simon Coveney criticises dishonest campaign run by some on the No side

‘David Cameron’s biggest achievement might be repackaging these kinds of changes as a “renegotiated relationship” with the European Union as he tries to sell the benefits of EU membership to the British public. Key to this will be bringing the powerful eurosceptic media along with him.’   Photograph:  EPA/ROBERT PERRY

Cameron’s strategy on Europe has undoubtedly lost him allies in Brussels

The EU initiative requesting member states to resettle 20,000 refugees will do little to tackle the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Photograph: EPA

Proposal by European Commission to forge coherent EU-wide policy is a welcome start

Two of nine sub-Saharan migrants who were rescued while trying to reach Tarifa’s coast in Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain, this week. Many migrants are encouraged to undertake the sea crossing by traffickers, who charge extortionate sums. Photograph: EPA

EU programme aims to resettle 20,000 people with quotas for member states

European commissioner Pierre Moscovici is likely to raise the issue of Ireland’s “cost-competitiveness” during a planned visit to Dublin on May 25th.

Government budget targets ‘could have been more ambitious’

Under EU law, Ireland and Britain have an automatic opt-out on most EU justice and home affairs legislation, which covers migration and asylum issues, but in practice it opts in to many of these measures. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images.

Irish Government has option of opting out of mandatory resettlement programme

Migrants after disembarking from the migrant offshore aid station vessel Phoenix in Augusta, Sicily. The European Commission is to introduce a “European Agenda on Migration” today. Photograph: Francesco Malavolta/AP

Commission amends strategy after opposition

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister, arrives for a government meeting at the Greek parliament in Athens on Tuesday.

Osborne say Britain will take ‘resolute and firm’ approach in the forthcoming negotiations about EU membership

The UN’s Special Representative for International Migration Peter Sutherland says the “entire international community must accept a fair share of the refugee burden”.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

UK, France seek Security Council mandate to target smugglers’ boats in Libyan waters

Pierre Moscovici, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs: ‘Ireland is experiencing a strong recovery which we are forecasting to continue this year and next year. We would encourage Ireland to . . . make the most of the benign economic climate to proceed with fiscal consolidation and to keep public debt on a steady downward path.’Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

EU commissioner Moscovici commends progress but wants high public debt tackled

Migrants wait to be transported to an immigration centre in the coastal city of Misrata, Libya. Photograph: Ismail Zitouny/Reuters

European Commission set to unveil radical new proposals on immigration

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble: “If it fails, it won’t be because of us.” Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras says four-month impasse now a question of ‘political will’

The surprise Tory triumph makes one thing virtually certain - a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union is likely to take place within the next two years.  Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg.

Ireland must decide how to balance links with Britain with EU relationship

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras listens in parliament to a speech  by his predecessor, Antonis Samaras, who was in Brussels this week, where he discussed the continuing Greek crisis with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Europe Letter: possibility of the country returning to full market funding seems fanciful

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis after a meeting with his Italian counterpart Pier Carlo Padoan in Rome yesterday. photograph: epa/angelo carconi. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

There will be ‘no agreements’ at Monday’s eurogroup meeting, says Dijsselbloem

A European Union flag flutters as the ancient Parthenon temple. Photograph:  Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Neither breakthrough nor breakdown reported as Greek debt talks rumble on

Photo  of an iPad showing the Google search engine home page. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Inquiry to focus on pricing policies transparency of search results

Greece’s finance minister Yanis Varoufakis arrives for a meeting with EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Cash-strapped Athens facing €200 million interest repayment to IMF today

European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici presents the EU executive’s spring economic forecasts during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

European Commission highlights Ireland’s recovery in its Spring statement

The low representation at plenary sessions in the second half of last year reflects the low attendance of two of Ireland’s 11 MEPs, Brian Crowley and Luke Ming Flanagan in the first six months of the Parliament. Photograph: EPA

Turnout of Republic’s representatives dropped almost 25% – one of lowest in the EU

Mainstays of modernism: Ezra Pound, the attorney John Quinn, Ford Maddox Ford and James Joyce in Pound’s Paris studio in 1923. Photograph from Joyce Images, by Bob Cato and Greg Vitiello with an introduction by Anthony Burgess (Norton, 1994)

The evolution of modernist literature was intimately bound up with the shock and devastation of the war

Commission to ‘fully assess’ Spring Statement in coming weeks

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis arriving for a cabinet meeting at the Greek parliament in Athens on Thursday. Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Athens reconfigures its negotiation team as talks with creditor countries restart

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras’s pleas for leeway on their bailout programme have largely fallen on deaf ears so far. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

‘One rule for us, another rule for others’ is not a sustainable way to run European Union

Under the terms of Ireland’s bailout, officials will undertake two post-programme surveillance missions each year until 75 per cent of Ireland’s bailout loans are repaid. Photograph: Getty Images

State’s ‘unquestionable’ ability to repay loans is only assessment issue, say Irish officials

A life jacket on a Member of the European Parliament’s desk  next to a leaflet with the slogan “I am a migrant” after a voting session including a vote on a report concerning the latest tragedies in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Reuters

Binding quota system recommended as European Parliament backs resolution

MEPs want to see labels on drinks setting out their calorific content in addition to their alcohol content. Alcoholic drinks that contain more than 1.2 per cent alcohol by volume are exempt from EU regulations on nutritional labelling that came into force in 2011 covering all food and soft drinks. Photograph: PA

Irish are the second-highest consumers of alcohol per capita in EU

Irish MEP Brian Hayes, who is one of the main negotiators on the package , said he believed a “balanced compromise” had been reached. Photo: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

New rules include obligation to value the assets of a fund each day

European commissioner  Dimitris Avramopoulos: “EU citizens expect us to trust each other, to share information and to work effectively together to co-ordinate concrete actions”

European Commission says close co-operation in fight against organised crime has already yielded results

All new models of cars and light vehicles are to be fitted with an electronic device that will alert emergency services in the event of a crash, under new laws agreed by the European Parliament  in Strasbourg.  Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

The device, to be brought in by 2018, will make a call in the event of an accident

EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici: confirmed  the commission had considered concerns raised by Ireland about the calculation of budget rules. Photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

Flexibility decision to have political impact at EU debate level as well as in State

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis: appeared to offer some concessions ahead of yesterday’s meeting, which was attended by Minister Michael Noonan. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis

Greece must speed-up reforms to unlock any bailout cash, senior EU officials warn

Migrants on board of Italian Navy ship ‘Chimera’ before disembarking in the southern harbour of Salerno. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters

Many feel it took the sinking of a boat with 900 passengers to grab the world’s attention

Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel with British counterpart David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel during the  EU leaders summit in response to the migrant crisis. Photograph: Reuters

Unfolding tragedy a wake-up call for EU to finally deal with immigration

Migrants are transported to the armed forces of Malta Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta’s Marsamxett. Up to 900 people may have died in last Sunday’s disaster off the coast of Libya.  Photograph: Reuters

Naval Service vessel to take part in EU response to worsening Mediterranean crisis

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  arrives at the European Council headquarters for an extraordinary summit of EU leaders to deal on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean. Mr Kenny says the State will contribute a ship to rescue efforts in the region. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Enda Kenny says Republic will provide ‘fully equipped vessel’ at emergency EU summit

Migrants on board of Italian Navy ship ‘Chimera’ before disembarking in the southern harbour of Salerno. The catastrophe during the week may have pushed the issue of migration up the European political agenda, but finding a long-term, cohesive solution is likely to prove more difficult. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters

Europe’s response to the catastrophe is unlikely to be very radical

Alexis Tsipras met the head of Russia’s state-owned gas company Gazprom on Tuesday amid signs a commitment to building a joint pipeline between the Black Sea and Greece may be in the offing. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

EU officials play down possibility of new Greek deal before the end of the month

Siofra  O’Leary will serve a nine-year term at the European Court of Human Rights. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

European Court of Human Rights appoints UCD and European University Institute graduate

European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom gives a press briefing ahead of the TTIP negotiations. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

The ninth round of negotiations on Transatlantic trade partnership begins in US

Migrants, who are trying to reach Greece, are rescued by members of the Greek Coast guard and locals near the coast of Rhodes. Photograph: Eurokinissi/Reuters

Ireland ready to aid in resettlement and funding in conflict zones, says Minister

A man carries a migrant woman as local residents and rescue workers help migrants after their boat sank off the island of Rhodes on Monday. Photograph: Argiris Mantikos/AFP/Getty

Head of European Council plays down expectation of quick fix

 European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (C) holds one minute of silence prior to a Foreign Affairs council meeting of EU Ministers  in Luxembourg, on Monday. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Minister for Foreign Affairs says Ireland will possibly accept asylum-seekers from affected areas

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at a press conference in Rome after a ship packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast, 200km south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Amnesty International calls on European governments to ‘face their responsibilities’ after 700 migrants feared drowned in Mediterr(...)

Rescued migrants after they disembark at Corigliano harbour, Italy, this week. Since April 10th alone, the Italian coast guard has rescued about 8,500 people. Photograph: Francesco Arena/EPA

Number of illegal migrants to Europe this year dwarfed figures for 2014

The IMF ruled out granting Greece permission to defer debt repayments. The fund’s managing director Christine Lagarde said that an advanced economy had never asked for a payment delay. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Yields on 10-year Greek debt rise to highest level in two years ahead of pivotal meeting

Ireland was ranked behind the UK, Austria and Lithuania, among others, but scored above the average of 31 per cent. Hungary and Cyprus ranked lowest in the survey. Photograph: Getty Images

Transparency International reviews guards against ‘undue influence’ in 19 EU states

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager in Brussels, where the EU charged Google with abusing its dominant position as Europe’s top search engine. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Preliminary findings show that internet giant promotes its own shopping service

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Schauble accuses Tsipras government of destroying previous regime’s progress

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who along with her French counterpart François Hollande,  has been notably quiet in their public comments on the trade pact. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Irish interests remain divided as ninth round of negotiations begins

Tipperary-born Donal Ryan was one of 12 writers awarded the 2015 European Union Prize for Literature at the London Book Fair for his novel, The Spinning Heart. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Irish Heritage Trust wins Cultural Heritage prize for work on Fota House project

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras: his government’s   labour market, pension reform and  privatisation measures face troika scrutiny.  Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Aim to settle core elements with creditors before finance ministers gather next week

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s finance minister: Negotiations between Greece and its international creditors will resume in Brussels and Athens on Monday.

With Greece facing a critical fortnight in its standoff with international lenders, discussions with officials from the ECB, Euro(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian president Vladimir Putin attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: AFP Photo

Use of Moscow as bargaining chip likely to secure euro-zone leniency

British prime minister David Cameron arriving for an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels. He has committed to holding a referendum on EU membership by 2017

Europe’s dynamics face major change and the impact for Ireland is huge

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras gestures before his speech during a parliament session in Athens yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

EU Commission says constructive talks still under way in bid to break deadlock

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström: has inherited one of the trickiest portfolios in Jean-Claude Juncker’s commission. PHOTOGRAPH: THIERRY CHARLIER/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Cecilia Malmström has her work cut out trying to conclude the controversial TTIP deal

Demonstrators from Friends of the Earth Europe protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is in difficulties two years after discussions began

Candles at the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school in Haltern am See on Wednesday. Students and teachers at a small-town German high school broke out in ears when they realised that 16 class-mates and two teachers were on board an ill-fated Germanwings aircraft. Photograph: Reuters

Aircraft appears to have been intact on impact with mountains after steep decent

The loss of 72 German nationals, including 16 schoolchildren, on Germanwings flight 4U 9525 was one of the largest losses of life in a single incident in recent German history. Photograph: Getty Images

Europe letter: As Angela Merkel grappled with with Greece, attention turned to the Alps air disaster

Ulrich Wessel, principal of the Joseph-Koenig Gymnasium in Haltern, Germany, emerges from the school as mourners arrive to lay flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial to 16 students and two teachers from the school who were on a Germanwings flight that crashed in southern France. Photograph: Getty Images

Air crash deaths of 16 students shakes tranquil town to its core

Ulrich Wessel (centre), principal of the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school, and city mayor Bodo Klimpel speak at a press conference the day after 16 students and two teachers from Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school were among passengers on Germanwings flight 4U9525 that crashed on Tuesday in southern France. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Schools minister describes seeing faces of ‘enormous grief’ at Joseph-Koenig school

 Students leave candles in front of the Joseph-Koenig college in Haltern am See, Germany. Photograph: Rolf Vennenbernd/EPA

School which lost 16 students has become a focal point for a country’s collective grief

ECB president Mario Draghi arrives at a meeting of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, where he said the financial situation of Greece under the last government “was not the fault of the troika, not the fault of the ECB”. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Bank is exposed to equivalent of 65% of Greek GDP, says ECB president

Taoiseach Enda Kenny talks of tax cuts on the back of successful negotiations with the commission. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach says current EU fiscal rules do not reflect strength of economy

Angela Merkel: made a specific reference to Ireland

Irish approach allows ownership of bailout reforms, says German chancellor

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras addressing a news conference during the EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Taoiseach pushes for further flexibility on fiscal rules at EU summit in Brussels

The EU’s high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini speaking to  journalists as she arrives for the summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Thierry Charlier

EU leaders stop far short of endorsing civilian or military mission to Libya

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny arrives for the second day of the European Summit of Heads of States and governments at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA.

Enda Kenny says fiscal rules should reflect ‘growing economic strength of the country’

(From left to right)  European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, president of the European Council, Polish, Donald Tusk, secretary general of the  EU council Uwe Corsepius, ECB president Mario Draghi, French president Francois Hollande, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch finance minister and president of Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem sit at the start of a special roundtable meeting on the Greek financial crisis, on the sideline of an EU summit in Brussels,  on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

Analysis: constructive summit tone fails to mask growing frustration of European leaders

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras aid on Friday he was more optimistic after three hours of talks with leaders of Germany, France and European Union institutions on how Greece can secure further financing in exchange for reforms.  Photograph:  John Thysjohn/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor says Greece must meet commitments before accessing EU money

Taoiseach Enda Kenny in Brussels yesterday: ‘If the [European] Commission comes forward with a new set of proposals we will engage with that constructively.’ Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo

State prepared to engage constructively with European Commission, says Taoiseach

Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk, in Brussels yesterday after meeting European Council president Donald Tusk, who led calls for EU member states to commit to extending sanctions against Russia. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Merkel says Russian sanctions to be lifted only if Minsk deal implemented

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for a meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP) in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach warns ‘time is running out’ for Greece, who must face ‘political responsibilities’

In  opinion published on Thursday  Luxembourg Court states workers are entitled to a minimum rest periods, and Ireland’s decision to exclude training time from the calculation of doctors’ working time “encroaches on that minimum rest period”.

Court of Justice says Ireland failed to meet obligations under Working Time Directive

Greece prime minister Alexis Tsipras who will hold a meeting on the margins of the summit  with German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande, and the heads of the European Commission, European Council and European Central Bank. Photograph: EPA

Juncker is concerned at slow pace of progress on Greek crisis: ‘I’m still worried.’

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has tax avoidance as a policy priority. Photograph: Bloomberg.

Corporation tax battle set to flare after European Commission targets avoidance

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: Has vowed to put corporate tax avoidance at the heart of his five-year tenure.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Devil in the detail when it comes to persuading states to share data on tax rulings

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis during a parliamentary session in Athens on Wednesday  during which prime minister Alexis Tsipras criticised EU lenders. Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Before two-day Brussels summit Alexis Tsipras demands lenders ‘stop unilateral actions’

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras speaking during a parliamentary session in Athens yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Yannis Kolesidis

Despite reprieve Athens must find new measures to satisfy creditors

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the European summit of heads of states and governments  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Enda Kenny says ‘time is running out’ as bank outflows accelerate in Greece

Under the proposal announced on Wednesday, national tax authorities will be required to furnish a detailed description of the tax rulings, including the criteria used to determine advanced pricing arrangement. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Countries would be obliged to share details of tax rulings

In the spirit of St Patrick’s Day: Edinburgh Castle in Scotland. Photograph: Gareth Easton/PA

From Brussels to Melbourne, St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in style across the globe

True colours: A man  cheers on parade participants as they make their way up Fifth Avenue during New York City’s St Patrick’s Day parade. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Festivities around the globe from New York and Sydney to Brussels and Hong Kong

Minister of State Dara Murphy has strongly defended Ireland’s record on data protection, pointing out that the IDPC has undertaken a number of “tough audits” of Facebook. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

‘One-stop shop’ to allow EU citizens file privacy complaints in country of residence

Speaking alongside Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras in Brussels, European President Jean-Claude Juncker saod: “This is not a time for division. This is the time for coming together.” Photograph: AFP/Getty

Varoufakis hints government might consider suspending campaign promises

Minister for Data Protection Dara Murphy has defended the State’s record on data protection ahead of an EU meeting on new regulation.  File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Minister for Data Protection speaks ahead of Brussels meeting on new EU legislation

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has always been in favour of  more integration of defence resources in the EU. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The idea of a European common defence is likely to gain short shrift

Dutch dairy farmer Nils den Besten at his farm in Brandwijk

A big milk producer, and one of Ireland’s biggest rivals, the Netherlands is looking to increase its output by 20%

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s finance minister (centre) at  a news conference following a meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels, Belgium on Monday.  Greece will resume talks with its creditors this week. Photograph: Bloomberg

Minister for Finance wants scope for expansionary budget as EU finance ministers grant France, Italy and Belgium more time to meet(...)

Minister for Finance  Michael Noonan (left) and EU Commissioner in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union, Pierre Moscovici  at the start of the Eurogroup meeting of Finance ministers at the EU council headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Minister raises issue with Commission, citing the flexibility granted to France

Eurogroup president and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem speaks to journalists as he arrives for a Eurogroup finance ministers meeting at the European Council in Brussels. Photograph: Getty

Frustration over pace of negotiations between Athens and international lenders

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