The Bundestag is expected to vote on the extension of the Greek loan programme on Friday after the eurogroup yesterday approved reform measures propo(...)

Greek presidential guards in Athens. At issue again is the cohesion of the euro zone, and whether Germany, and a majority of the 19-member Eurogroup, are willing to countenance a Greek exit. Photograph: Reuters

Almost four weeks after Alexis Tsipras swept to power in the Greek elections, Greece and its international creditors remain locked in a game of high-s(...)

A European Union  flag alongside a Greek national flag beneath Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece. The troubled state’s bailout is due to expire at the end of next week.  Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Euro zone finance ministers including Michael Noonan travel to Brussels on Friday for an emergency meeting amid mounting uncertainty about the status (...)

Into the west: Ennis has the highest pass rates for the driving test, followed by Sligo,  Tuam, Clifden and Roscommon. Dublin has the lowest. Photograph by Frank Miller

Want to increase your chances of passing the driving test? Avoid the capital and head west. That’s if driving test pass rates over recent years are(...)

One of the leaders of the Alliance for the Family, Anton Chromik, speaks to the media after the preliminary referendum result. Photograph: EPA/Jakub Gavlak

Slovak conservatives did not turn out anywhere near the 50 percent of voters needed on Saturday to approve a referendum that would have strengthened t(...)

One of the Brown Envelope Seeds polytunnels filled with the ripening seedheads of salad and vegetable crops. Photograph: Richard Johnston

Ask Meath-born Madeline McKeever, botanist and founder of the award-winning organic seed business Brown Envelope Seeds, what she loves most about l(...)

A World War II veteran places a flower on the memorial wall during a commemoration service in the former concentration camp Bergen-Belsen in northern Germany. Photograph: Getty Images

German prosecutors have opened an investigation into a 93-year-old woman, suspected of serving as a Nazi SS guard, after she was featured in an Irish (...)

An estimated 60,000 citizens of other European countries are treated in the Irish health service each year as visitors use their European Health Insurance Card or a UK entitlement document. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has lodged substantial claims with 23 European countries in respect of the cost of treatment of their citizens by the health service here.The (...)

European Commission president, Luxembourg’s Jean Claude Juncker (right) and Pierre Moscovici (left), the European Commissioner for economics, taxation and customs, attend a session at the European Parliament in Brussels  earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

The European Commission has approved Ireland’s budget for 2015, but warned that the country should use the better-than-expected economic recovery to a(...)

Kerry Dairy Cheestrings and Dunnes Stores Cheesy Strings. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two of Ireland’s biggest private sector companies are shaping up for a court battle . . . over cheese, if you please.Kerry Group, the €10 billion foo(...)