Greece’s then prime minister George Papandreou (the second) at a meeting of world leaders in Canne in November 2011. Even the Papandreou family charisma could not prevent his exit from politics. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Among the many features common to Greece and Ireland is the growth and decline of a political party which was central to the country’s life for many d(...)

Alan Dukes said the differency between the EU and other countries on the financial crisis had been the ‘tardiness of the response’.

The Dáil has said nothing about the “barbarities” being perpetrated on the people of Gaza from two sides, apart from “one opportunistic and shambolic (...)

Blaming the messenger?

Sir, – Richard Pine (Letters, July 23rd) appears to believe that because his grandmother was an invalid for most of her life, her doctor, the crickete(...)

Joachim Pfeiffer: said of Ireland “there were bubbles in the real estate sector, there were bubbles in the banking sector and all of this was home-made”.Photograph: Maxwell’s

Ireland has “no chance” of securing a deal on its legacy bank debt, one of the most influential figures in German politics has told The Irish Times.J(...)

An Athens’ metro construction worker places reinforcement bars at the Agia Varvara worksite in eastern Athens. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greece’s economy should grow 0.7 per cent this year, pulling clear of a six-year recession, but its soaring unemployment rate is likely to drop less t(...)

US President Barack Obama appointed a special, bipartisan commission to propose solutions to the alleged crisis, and spent much of his first term trying to negotiate a Grand Bargain on the budget with Republicans. Photograph: Bloomberg

For much of the past five years readers of political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most i(...)

Refugees leave the Italian Navy ship ‘Etna’, which rescued some  2,186 migrants off the Sicily coasts, as it arrives in Salerno, Southern Italy today. Photograph: Cesare Abbate/EPA.

Nineteen people died trying to reach Italy on a boat packed with hundreds of migrants, probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from its engines, th(...)

Crowds gather in front of the GPO on O’Connell Street, in Dublin, in November, 2010, as the country entered the final hours of negotiations for emergency EU and IMF loans aimed at preventing the crisis from spreading to Portugal and Spain and threatening the future of the euro. Photographs: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Two years ago, economists were still taking bets on the probability of a euro zone break-up. Today the threat of a currency collapse has receded. T(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: “The economy has to serve people and not the other way around.” Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Newly-elected head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker called for a €300 billion package of investment to stimulate the European economy y(...)

File image of Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Eight Irish universities appear on a list of the world’s top 1,000 third-level institutions published today. The Center for World University Ra(...)