German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaüble:    in November the European Commission  had   invited national governments   to contribute to the EU investment fund, and earlier this month moved to clarify that such investments would be excluded in debt and deficit calculations. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

in Brussels German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said Germany is not keen on national governments contributing to the European Commission’s(...)

 Samuel Eto’o in action for Everton against Newcastle United at St James’ Park.  He had been in and out of the side as Roberto Martinez’s team struggled for form. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty s

Samuel Eto’o has completed his move from Everton to Sampdoria, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal.The 33-year-old striker joined the Toffees on a free(...)

Alexis Tsipras,  leftist Syriza party, greets supporters after the initial results for the Greece general elections in Athens, Greece, 25th January 2015. Photograph: EPA/Orestis Panagiotou

The left-wing, anti-austerity party Syriza has won the Greek general election and has allied with a right wing party against Greece’s bailout and aust(...)

Photograph: Patrick Mchugh

From Newport in Co Mayo, Lisa Ryder started making silk scarves that quickly became known for their vibrant graphics and colours, earning her quite(...)

Graeme McDowell in action on the golf course

For a guy who spends half the year on the road, Graeme McDowell is not a huge fan of travel. His ultimate ambition is to avoid airplane travel alto(...)

Silvio Berlusconi sits in studio of the ‘Porta A Porta’ TV show while a portrait of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi is displayed in the background. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images.

Strange but true, media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi remains politically alive and well. What is more, as things stand, he is guaranteed to have a major s(...)

French President Francois Hollande: The ECB’s decision “should not stop us from carrying out reforms”

France has committed itself to faster economic reforms aimed at boosting growth in the wake of the ECB decision to inject billions into the European e(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York stock exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Irish bond prices have stormed ahead with ten-year bond yields falling as low as 1.065 per cent this morning, an all-time low. The move follows yester(...)

If you want to see how a social network works in real life, Groningen was the place to be last weekend. The Dutch city is home to Eurosonic, a mult(...)

Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank (ECB), is seen in the newsroom to speak to journalists after a meeting of the ECB governing board in Frankfurt, Germany. Photograph: Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images

European government borrowing rates plummeted to record lows, the euro weakened to an 11-year low against the dollar and stock markets rallied after t(...)