Al Zaatari  camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq. Jordan’s King Abdullah said  his people could not accept any more refugees. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

International aid organisations are on Thursday set to present to a London summit, entitled Supporting Syria and the Region, a new strategy for dealin(...)

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister, at a panel session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

It was (to paraphrase Dickens) the best of years, it was the worst of years. On January 25th last year Greeks elected their first ever left-wing (as d(...)

 Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  with Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, at a bilateral meeting  in Davos. Photograph: Jean-Christophe Bott/ EPA

The International Monetary Fund has reiterated its call for debt relief for Greece, raising pressure on European countries to cede to Greek demands fo(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he would confirm the Government’s commitment to keep the cost-base under control and contain public spending when he met existing and potential investors at Davos on Thursday. Photograph: Collins

Ireland’s economy would have fared better if it had been permitted by the European Central Bank to burn private debt holders, Nobel Prize-winning eco(...)

Christine Lagarde said  the question of debt sustainability and pension reform would be key to any participation. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has said that a decision by the Washington-based fund to participate in the Greek bailout may not be made until the secon(...)

Simon Harris said ‘an awful lot has changed’ since Ireland secured a commitment from EU leaders to revisit the question of recompensing Ireland for its bank rescue.  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister of State Simon Harris has played down any expectation that the government will seek further debt relief from its international creditors, cla(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras: his decision to go to the polls in September proved wise. The subsequent general election – Greece’s fifth in six years – served to purge Syriza of its most radical left members. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Euro zone finance ministers gather in Brussels today for the first eurogroup meeting of the year which is likely to be dominated by Greece. The firs(...)

Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos is visiting European capitals to drum up support for further debt relief for Greece.  Photograph: Markku Ojala/EPA

Greece has intensified its demands for further debt relief, in a move that is likely to prove highly uncomfortable for the Irish Government ahead of (...)

 Alexis Tsipras: succeeded in maintaining his position as prime minister despite signing up to a vastly more punitive austerity programme than anything that had been envisaged at the beginning of the year. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

It was shortly before 9am on July 13th when bleary-eyed euro zone leaders emerged to face the waiting media. Following a marathon 17-hour EU summit,(...)

Europe going into 2016

No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. It was for those of us sharing the continent of(...)