German chancellor Angela Merkel (left)  and Greece’s new prime minister Alexis Tsipras right. Mrs  Merkel has repeatedly stated Athens must respect the bailout accord with the EU while Mr Tsipras  for his part has not included Germany among a series of visits to European ;eaders this week. Photograph: AFP

New Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, striking a conciliatory note on debt talks after a turbulent start to office, has called the European Central(...)

“What makes us stand out from the rest is that we offer stock that nobody else has. We have to be doing something different”:   Jimmy Redmond of Redmonds off-licence in Ranelagh

There’s been a Redmonds on Ranelagh Road in Dublin 6, near the triangle, since 1943. It was originally a grocery, run by Mary and Jim Redmond. “Eve(...)

John Bruton: echoed sentiments voiced by Angela Merkel. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Germans are a much misunderstood lot, according to former taoiseach John Bruton. It is a mistake to think that their adherance to the doctrine of (...)

Cross-town traffic: near the busy junction at the Galway Shopping Centre on the Headford Road. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

If Galway becomes European cultural capital in 2020, by then cruise liners may be berthing in a new port south of the Claddagh and Connemara-bound Dub(...)

Jeroen Dijsselbloem (left), head of the euro zone finance ministers’ group, and Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis shake hands after their press conference  in Athens on Friday. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Reuters

Greece has rejected any further dealings with the troika, sparking fears of major tensions in negotiations with Europe in the weeks ahead and poten(...)

Minister of State with responsibility for European affairs and data protection Dara Murphy will launch the two-day seminar in Brussels.

Irish data researchers are proposing a European Union “magna carta for data” that would create a new a new policy and legislative framework for data e(...)

“The German economy has returned to growth regardless of geopolitical turbulence,” says  economics minister  Sigmar Gabriel . Photograph: EPA/Bernd von Jutrczenka

Germany has raised its 2015 growth forecast to 1.5 per cent, matching last year’s performance, as its famously finicky consumers have started a natio(...)

Kathrin Oertel has resigned as leader of the German anti-Islamist movement Pegida days after the departure of her predecessor Lutz Bachmann.  Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Five organisers of Germany’s anti-Islamist Pegida movement, including leader Kathrin Oertel, have stood down following disagreements over the departur(...)

Minister for Tourism Paschal Donohoe has welcomed Central Statistics Office figures that show that visits to Ireland increased by 600,000 in 2014 compared to 2013. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

More than 600,000 more people came to Ireland in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to latest figures from the Central Statistics Office. I(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (C) and members of the Greek government pose  for a family photograph  outside the Parliament in Athens ahead of their first cabinet meeting. Photograph: Pantelis Saitas/EPA.

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and his finance minister have pledged to avoid a standoff with creditors but say they still intend to roll back (...)