European Central Bank vice-president Vitor Constancio: “If we would have to broaden the programme to include the so-called mezzanine tranches, where there is more risk, for that we would indeed some kind of guarantee.” Photograph: EPA/Matteo Bazzi

Vice-president says bank would need state guarantees to buy lower-ranking debt

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan “extremely pleased” with the new line-up of commissioners with responsibility for taxation matters. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Minister for Finance counts friendly faces among Jean-Claude Juncker’s new team

From left: ECB president Mario Draghi, Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen and euro-group president Jeroen Dijsselbloem at the European financial ministers’ meeting in Milanyesterday. Photograph: EPA/Matteo Bazzi

ECB president calls for more ambitious structural reforms

Newly appointed EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan can employ up to three cabinet members from Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson

Incoming EU agriculture commissioner has appointed Peter Power as head of cabinet

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi (left) and Finnish outgoing prime minister Jyrki Katainen at  a press conference at the euro-group finance ministers’ meeting in Milan yesterday.  Photograph: EPA/Matteo Bazzi

Savings made by early repayment of IMF borrowings likely to be passed on in budget

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (right) arrives at Centro Congressi MIco in Milan. Photograph: .Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Noonan says Government has cleared first hurdle in bid to refinance portion of its IMF loans

Mr Kenny said that if the EU and ECB approve and authorise Ireland’s request to rearrange IMF loans, the State could save €1.5 billion over the next five years

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan to seek further support for deal at eurogroup summit

European Commission president elect Jean-Claude Juncker: said yesterday his new team “will put Europe back on the path to jobs and growth”. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

Europe letter: Fused portfolios and strong characters will alter European dynamics

Phil Hogan: all set for his role as EU agriculture commissioner. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Pierre Moscovici allocated ‘economic and financial affairs, taxation and customs’ portfolio

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