New president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker with Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras in Athens yesterday. It was Mr Juncker’s first  visit to an EU member state in his new capacity. Photograph: EPA

Incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker yesterday played down the option of an outright writing-off of part of the euro zone loans (...)

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi arrives to the plenary session at European Parliament in Strasbourg to present the programme of the Italian presidency. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The European Union must regain people’s “trust and confidence” Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi said yesterday, in a speech to mark the start of(...)

China’s prime minister, Li Keqiang, admires artifacts displayed in the Archaelogical Museum of Athens, Greece. Photograph: EPA/Alexandros Vlachos

China wants to invest in Greece’s airports, railways and its busiest port, the two countries have said, as the country where the euro debt crisis b(...)

A voter hugs leader of leftist main opposition Syriza party and candidate for the European Commission presidency Alexis Tsipras in Athens. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greece’s leftwing opposition Syriza party clinched first place in the country’s European Parliament elections, a vote which it framed as a referendum (...)

Alexis Tsipras, the radical left’s main opposition leader, called the ballot a referendum on the EU-IMF sponsored rescue programme that is keeping the Greek economy afloat. Photograph:  Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

Greek voters gave a clear sign of their disapproval of the government’s austerity policies on Sunday, voting heavily in favour of anti-bailout candida(...)

Four years after the country called for a financial lifeline, Greece has recorded a primary budget surplus. Mal Langsdon /Reuters

Greece has met the budget goal set by its euro area partners as a condition for talks on further debt relief, four years after the country cal(...)

Greek cabinet secretary Panayiotis Baltakos: told Golden Dawn MP Ilias Kasidiaris the criminal charges he is facing were based on no evidence. Photograph: EPA/Simela Pantzartzi

It was shocking in terms of its content as well as damning politically. Secretly recorded video footage, rele(...)

Protesters  on the streets of Athens during the meeting of the Finance Ministers of the European Union in the city this week. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

They arrived in small groups as the sun went down, gradually filling the open space of Syntagma Square outside the Greek Parliament in c(...)

The government aims to raise €2 billion in a sale of five-year bonds, banking sources said. Photograph: Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters

Greece is planning to return to the international bond market this month, four years after it became the first euro zone country to be bailed o(...)

Panagiotis Baltakos: said he had “frequent coincidental meetings” with Golden Dawn MPs because their parliamentary offices were next to his. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

Greece’s most senior government official and a key aide of its prime minister was forced to resign yesterday after a video emerged showing him sugg(...)