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(...)

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel  and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  inform the public about their previous talk during a press conference in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Stephanie Pilick/EPA 3:04

European Parliament president Martin Schulz said in an interview published on Tuesday he expected Greece to reach an agreement with its euro zone part(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi arrives at a meeting of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, where he said the financial situation of Greece under the last government “was not the fault of the troika, not the fault of the ECB”. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has defended the ECB’s role in the current Greek crisis, rebutting accusations that the bank had “blackm(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  blamed ECB limits on Greece’s ability to issue short-term debt as well as euro zone bailout authorities’ refusal to disburse any cash before Athens adopts a new round of reforms. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greece’s financial aid programme is set to be changed to accommodate its new government, a senior European Central Bank official said on Monday, notin(...)

‘The prudent management of the economy over the past four years has itself created some room for manoeuvre and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has already indicated that another round of modest reductions in income tax and universal social charge (USC) is on the agenda for 2016.’ Above,  Michael Noonan with   EU Commissioner in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union, Pierre Moscovici.  Photograph:  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

There is something ominous about the campaign being waged by senior Government Ministers to persuade the European Commission to relax its fiscal rules(...)