German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaüble:    in November the European Commission  had   invited national governments   to contribute to the EU investment fund, and earlier this month moved to clarify that such investments would be excluded in debt and deficit calculations. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Wolfgang Schäuble says Germany opposed to national government involvement

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan with the European economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Euro zone finance ministers pledge to work constructively with new government in Greece following Syriza victory, but won’t suppor(...)

A supporter runs towards Syriza leader and new Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras as he walks in Athens. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Cabinet to be sworn in as Syriza strikes coalition deal with Independent Greeks

‘In total, Greece has about €7 billion in bailout funds due to it from its various bailout partners. It needs these to service its debts, and while it could issue short-term debt to meet its financing needs, such a move would need ECB approval. Above, crowds  during the speech of Alexis Tsipras, leader of the radical left main opposition party Syriza, after the general elections in Athens, Greece. Photograph: EPA/ORESTIS PANAGIOUTOU

‘Syriza’s economic proposals are at odds with the troika’s demands which need to be met by Greece if it wants to draw down the (...)

Jeroen Dijsselbloem has said the question of extending the Greek bailout would be under consideration at today’s euro group meeting, which will be attended by Irish finance minister Michael Noonan and his 18 euro zone counterparts.  Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg.

Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem says there is little support for debt write-off

Bank of England governor Mark Carney: gave strong hints that the Bank of England could increase interest rates from their record lows sooner than expected. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/EPA

Analysis: attention turns to policymakers in wake of ECB bond-buying plan

 Quantitative easing wasn’t the only item on the agenda in Davos. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Bubbling under the headlines last week were a number of important talking points

 Quantitative easing wasn’t the only item on the agenda in Davos. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Bubbling under the headlines last week were a number of important talking points

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan. The agency met about 40 existing and prospective companies in Davos in a bid to enhance Ireland’s international profile. Photograph: Alan Betson

Taoiseach leads drive to showcase Ireland as location for foreign direct investment

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