Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras:  calling for support from opposition parties, he has reiterated that his government  will  implement a February 20th deal struck with the euro zone.  Photograph: François Mori/AP

Greece has failed to reach an initial deal with the European Union and the IMF to unlock aid after the creditors dismissed a package of reforms from A(...)

A street vendor selling Greek shadow-puppet theatre figures  in Athens: Greece remains internationally uncompetitive, as shown by the sluggishness of its exports. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Reuters

Since the election of Greece’s Syriza-led government, negotiations over its place in Europe have gone terribly, with posturing on one side and anno(...)

Joint news conference: German chancellor Angela Merkel  and French president François Hollande   yesterday. Photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

After three years of mixed messages and missed chances, two tragedies in three months have kickstarted the stalled Franco-German motor.Chancellor Ang(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras gestures before his speech during a parliament session in Athens yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Greece’s latest round of reform proposals have so far failed to satisfy creditors, with discussions set to continue with its international lenders (...)

Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader, was critical of Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the position he has taken on Greece. Photograph:  Dylan Vaughan.

A Green Party plan to create 10 new regional banks around the country is being examined for feasibility by the Department of Finance. The plan to crea(...)

Living here: Lida Douka, who moved to her employer’s Dublin office.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Konstantinos Kostopoulos moved to Ireland two and a half years ago, in the hope of building a better life for his wife and young son. Kostopoulos and (...)

Joan Burton said Irish people were sympathetic to Greece, reflected in their €350 million contribution to its EU/IMF programme, but that Ireland wanted to see more progress on tackling corruption and boosting tax revenue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called on Greece to make credible progress in boosting the tax take and fighting corruption before it receives the final €7 b(...)

Jens Weidmann, president of the Deutsche Bundesbank, gestures as he speaks at the Suddeutsche Zeitung economic summit in Berlin. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The head of Germany’s Bundesbank has said that he is opposed to more emergency funding for Greece, accusing Athens of gambling away “a lot of trust”.S(...)

The loss of 72 German nationals, including 16 schoolchildren, on Germanwings flight 4U 9525 was one of the largest losses of life in a single incident in recent German history. Photograph: Getty Images

The theme of European solidarity came to the fore in Europe in very different ways this week.On Monday, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras visited Be(...)

Neither the old guard nor the new wave of Spanish politics has cause for complacency after last Sunday’s elections to the autonomous government of And(...)