A soldier salutes he passes the Greek parliament building following the electoral success by Syriza in the Greek general election   in Athens, Greece. Photograph:   Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Europe showed a willingness on Monday to give Athens more time to pay back its debts, but little sign that it would yield to a new Greek government’s (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde meet at Government Buildings in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins 4:45

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has signalled broad support for renewed talks with the social partners but said the scope of any new ar(...)

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, vividly recalls the early morning telephone call from then minister for finance Brian Lenihan informing her that the government had decided overnight to guarantee the Irish banks. Photograph:  Marty Katz/washingtonphotographer.com 3:13

Christine Lagarde offered me a date. No, this isn’t a reference to the interview the International Monetary Fund managing director has given. She is s(...)

Angela Merkel: due to hold bilateral talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on Thursday. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

Ireland’s investment gap is the highest in the euro zone at 9.4 per cent of annual economic output (gross domestic product), a leading German economi(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi: “I see [publishing monthly minutes] as a necessary next step, therefore the ECB executive board will present a proposal for discussion and decision at the governing council.” Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has backed a move to publish minutes of its monthly governing council meetings rather than locking them u(...)