Antonis Samaras: if his coalition government is to survive, he must secure victory for his presidential candidate  by the final round of voting next week. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

The pressure mounts on Greece’s prime minister this week, with the second round of a three-stage presidential vote taking place tomorrow.Fears of ‘Gre(...)

A protester wearing a Santa hat shouts slogans during a rally in Athens on December 17th, 2014. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras called for support on Wednesday ahead of a tight parliamentary vote that will trigger elections unless he can wi(...)

It’s official, we can’t help ourselves at Christmas. When it comes to the annual festive splurge, Irish shoppers are a league apart.According to a rep(...)

Can we afford the luxury of spending time reading ancient texts in this modern world? Pictured is Achilles Defeating Hector, 1630-32 (oil on panel) by Peter Paul Rubens. Photograph: Bridgeman/Getty

Why bother to read the Classics today? Haven’t those ancient Greek and Latin books gone way past their user date? Can we afford the luxury of spending(...)

There was a mere 10 months between the gamble of the exit and the first post-austerity budget. Photogarph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

One year to the day since the bailout exit it is, perhaps, difficult to understand why the decision to make a clean break was so controversial. As wit(...)

Not for sale: the Acropolis of Athens. But many state assets in Greece are for sale through Taiped, an agency not unlike Nama. Photograph: Getty Images

Nearly four years ago, the German tabloid Bild suggested that, in return for the European Union bailout, Greece should sell off the Acropolis and some(...)

Greece’s prime minister and leader of New Democracy party Antonis Samaras: made  a surprise announcement that he was bringing the election for a new head of state forward by two months. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

With only four days to go before Greece’s MPs begin voting for the country’s new president, it’s still far from clear how the coalition under prime mi(...)

Protestors gathered in their thousands to protest the water charges at Merrion Square  Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Financial markets appear to be rather more relaxed about Ireland’s changing political dynamic than people in Coalition circles. Even as polls point to(...)

Greece’s finance minister Gikas Hardouvelis and European economic and financial affairs commissioner Pierre Moscovici in Brussels: tensions that  have been simmering in Greece over its imminent bailout exit erupted this week. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

As Irish citizens took to the streets to protest against austerity measures imposed in part by the troika, another bailout country re-emerged onto the(...)

BMW Group rose 1.1 per cent after saying deliveries of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars rose 7.6 per cent in November to 188,342

European equity indexes staged a modest rebound on Wednesday, led by German stocks after a strong update from BMW, although worries about Greece cappe(...)