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(...)

 High school students march holding a Greek national flag during a school parade marking Greek Independence Day in Athens on Tuesday. The Greek government has positively assessed the meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel that took place March 23rd. (Photograph: SIMELA PANTZARTZI/EPA)

Greece risks running out of cash by April 20th unless it secures fresh aid, leaving it little time to convince sceptical creditors it is committed (...)

 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(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: John Mac Dougall/AFP/Getty Images 3:04

As Angela Merkel welcomed Alexis Tsipras to her Berlin chancellery, a small welcoming committee gathered outside the fence holding signs reading “We L(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras shake hands  in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters 3:04

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has said his country’s future in the euro zone hinges on striking a balance between Athens meeting its reform obli(...)

Bood day, bad day: Aer Lingus rose on the Iseq while CRH and Ryanair fell. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks declined on Monday after last week’s gains, but the FTSE 100 blue-chip index managed to reverse slips in early trading to set a new r(...)

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(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras during a press conference in Brussels on Friday. He must convince  Angela Merkel that he can come up with a list of reforms acceptable at euro-zone level so the remaining tranche of bailout loans worth €7.2 billion can be released. Photograph: AP Photo/Francois Mori

When German chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes Alexis Tsipras to Berlin for the first time as prime minister today, the two leaders will work hard t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny talks of tax cuts on the back of successful negotiations with the commission. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

The Government has been accused of preparing to buy the next election as it steps up its efforts to have the European Commission’s strict fiscal ru(...)

Angela Merkel: made a specific reference to Ireland

Ireland’s reputation as the poster boy for European reform resurfaced yesterday, as EU leaders mulled over the latest development in the Greek bailout(...)