People wait to enter a Piraeus Bank branch at the city of Iraklio in the island of Crete 1:44

Greece repaid the European Central Bank on Monday, the bank said, clearing a key obligation worth about €4.2 billion with one of its top lenders, afte(...)

An EU flag  flies beside a Greek national flag in front of the Parthenon temple on Acropolis Hill in Athens. Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg 1:32

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has voiced unprecedented doubts about the chances of rescuing Greece from bankruptcy as Greek prime minis(...)

Alexis Tsipras: blamed the European Central Bank for caving in to political pressure to halt the vital funding that the banks needed. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/ Bloomberg

Describing Sunday’s referendum as coming five years too late, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has said that voters are fully aware that voting No(...)

A protester waves a Greek national flag during a pro European Union demonstration in Athens, as Greece approaches deadline on €1.6 billion debt. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

For historians, the standoff between Greece and its creditors is a case of deja vu all over again. A Greek default on loan repayments of €1.6 billion (...)

Dublin heavyweight CRH ended the day down 0.44 per cent at €25.62

European shares fell yesterday, with the Spanish and Greek stock markets hit by concerns about Greece’s debt problems and a poor local election resul(...)

More than 550,000 equities in building materials giant CRH changed hands in Dublin

Retailers and miners helped European stocks post their best three-day advance since January. Analysts believe both sides will find a way to hold off (...)

Graffiti covers the shopping windows of closed shops, as a pedestrian walks past, in Athens, Greece. Euro-area officials were sceptical that a technical agreement would be reached by Wednesday.  Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Talks between Greece and its international creditors gained urgency as the two sides remained apart on key elements of the country’s bailout agenda af(...)

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

Greece will this week seek to agree core elements of a provisional deal with international creditors ahead of a key meeting of euro zone finance mini(...)

Fyffes, the banana distributor, slipped more than 1.5 per cent to close the day at €1.17 per share. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The Dublin stock exchange reached its highest level since 2008, climbing 1.1 per cent.Shares rose across most of Europe, building on their best start(...)

Ryanair: the low-cost carrier saw its shares fall 7 cent to €9.96, which was roughly in line with other airline stocks. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY Major European share indexes climbed to new multi-year highs, with the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, leading the f(...)