One of the most obscure events in Irish politics is wrapping up on Thursday, voting in the Seanad byelection. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

One of the most obscure events in Irish politics is wrapping up today, voting in the Seanad byelection. The electorate is a tiny one, limited to the S(...)

The whiff of weed is spreading across the globe as more countries decriminalise the possession of small quantities of cannabis. The Netherlands has(...)

Former Greek energy minister Panagiotis Lafazanis: to lead the Popular Unity group. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Rebels opposed to Greece’s international bailout walked out of the leftist Syriza party on Friday, formalising a split after its leader Alexis Tsipras(...)

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades addresses the nation with a televised speech from the presidential palace in Nicosia in the wake of the bailout earlier this week. Photograph: Petros Karadjias/Reuters

Big depositors in Cyprus's largest bank stand to lose far more than initially feared under a European Union rescue package to save the island f(...)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) executive director Christine Lagarde said the deal was a ’durable’ solution. Photograph: Sebastien Pirlet /Reuters

Cyprus is introducing "very temporary" restrictions on capital flows when banks reopen this week, the island's president has said, seeking to r(...)

Supporters of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party hold Greek flags during a rally over the crisis in Cyprus outside the German embassy in Athens today.  Photograph: John Kolesidis/Reuters

Finance ministers of the 17-nation euro zone will hold talks on Sunday on the bailout crisis in Cyprus. The meeting has been scheduled a(...)

Cyprus’s president Nicos Anastasiades (left) talks with Greece’s president Karolos Papoulias in Athens.

SUZANNE LYNCH in Brussels There is growing expectation that losses may be imposed on senior bank bondholders as part of the imminent Cypr(...)