Greece’s finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, said he expects to open negotiations on debt relief by the end of the year. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos will meet his euro zone counterparts next Monday for the first time since his country’s September 20th genera(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras: EU congratulated Tsipras  and said Greece has ‘no time to lose’ in implementing the reforms agreed as part of its international bailout. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Once they receive their portfolios this week, the ministers of the incoming Syriza-Independent Greeks coalition will have to begin implementing a long(...)

Greece bailout key moments: The replacement of the controversial Yanis Varoufakis as finance minister by Euclid Tsakalotos was a key factor in the change of mood in the talks. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

So the eurozone has agreed the €86 billion third Greek bailout. Here are the five stand-out points in the deal which was announced late on Friday afte(...)

Greek economy minister George Stathakis arrives for a meeting with representatives of the International Monetary Fund, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the eurozone’s rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism, at a hotel in Athens. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greek government sources say that following all-night talks, Greece and its creditors have reached an agreement on third bailout, in an accord which w(...)

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras looks on after speaking to legislators at the arliamentary vote  in Athens, Greece, on Thursday.  Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Bailout negotiators are due to return to Athens to start talks on a massive new rescue package after Greece’s parliament approved tough new conditions(...)

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis: Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said his colleague Michael Noonan had no issue with Mr Varoufakis.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan did not have a problem with former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, according to Minister for Public Expen(...)

Members of the public read newspaper reports about the growing Greek debt crisis in Athens. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

The Greek crisis entered uncharted territory tonight after Athens deferred payment of €300 million due to the International Monetary Fund on Friday(...)

Participants of the Krewe of Zulu parade hand out painted coconuts to spectators; a reveller parades through the French Quarter. Photograph: Dan Anderson/EPA

After the feast comes the famine. It’s the day after Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the city is muted. They call it Trash Wednesday, as the move(...)

Santa Claus is coming: With about a billion houses to visit, and the typical distance between neighbouring houses being 10m, it is estimated that Santa will have to travel 10 million kilometres on Christmas Eve

How far must Santa travel on Christmas Eve? At a broad scale, he visits all the continents. In more detail he travels to every country. Zooming in, he(...)

Andy Murray clasps his hands on his way to the net after beating Spain's David Ferrer in their men's singles final at the Sony Open in Florida. Photograph: Andrew Innerarity/Reuters

There are complicated questions and more straightforward questions. The geopolitical significance of whether Kim Jong-un is getting laid too mu(...)