Anti-water charges protesters take part in a demonstration organised by the Cork Says No group through the centre of Cork city.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Several thousand people braved driving sleet and rain in Cork to march against the proposed water charges due for introduction later this year.Gardaí (...)

Anti-austerity protestors in Madrid, Spain. Thousands marched in the Spanish capital in support of the Podemos party. Photograph:  Sergio Perez/Reuters

Tens of thousands marched in Madrid today in the biggest show of support yet for anti-austerity party Podemos, whose surging popularity and policies h(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel (left) who has ruled out a haircut for Greece’s €320 billion debt. The new Syriza-led coalition in Greece - headed by Alexis Tsipras (right) has rejected any further dealings with the troika. Photographs: AFP

German chancellor Angela Merkel and her finance minister have ruled out a debt haircut for Greece, rejecting the new Greek government’s demand to wri(...)

Siptu president Jack O’Connor has called for a new left-wing government and pay increases. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Siptu, the country’s largest trade union, is to seek pay increases of 5 per cent across the public and private sectors.In a speech today, Siptu presid(...)

Siptu chief Jack O’Connor: Trade union movement is ‘back on the offensive’ to regain ground lost by workers during the recession.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Siptu, the country’s largest trade union, is to seek pay increases of 5 per cent across the public and private sectors. In a speech to be deliv(...)

Greece’s new government led by Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras poses outside the Greek parliament. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/Getty Images

It’s been a week of massive change for Greece. After leading his leftist Syriza party to its first general election victory last Sunday, Alexis Tsi(...)

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(...)

 Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy gives a speech at the Spain Global Tourism Forum held in Madrid. Photograph: EPA/BALLESTEROS

Spain’s economy expanded at its fastest pace in seven years in the fourth quarter, defying the threat of deflation as lower prices helped boost domest(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said he is “disappointed” that a number of Irish MEPs have opposed a new EU directive on the exchange of air passenger information which aims to help counter terrorism. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said he is “disappointed” that a number of Irish MEPs have opposed a new EU directive on the exchang(...)

A policeman passes between cars destroyed in an attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol last weekend, in which 30 people died. Photograph: EPA/Sergey Vaganov

EU foreign affairs ministers travel to Brussels today for an emergency meeting on Ukraine, prompted by last weekend’s attack on the Ukrainian city of (...)