If our politics and economics in this benighted country can only be revived , as our President in his unique way has been insisting, by the rediscover(...)

Fuzzy policies: François Hollande speaks in the rain this week. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

François Hollande loves historic commemorations so much that he’s already made 25 speeches about the two World Wars. As his government collapsed la(...)

Crowds gather in front of the GPO on O’Connell Street, in Dublin, in November, 2010, as the country entered the final hours of negotiations for emergency EU and IMF loans aimed at preventing the crisis from spreading to Portugal and Spain and threatening the future of the euro. Photographs: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Two years ago, economists were still taking bets on the probability of a euro zone break-up. Today the threat of a currency collapse has receded. T(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the Sueddeutsche Zeitung leadership conference in Berlin, Germany, yesterday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Chancellor Merkel has urged EU member states to drive on European integration and not rest on their post-crisis laurels. In a far-ranging European (...)

A passerby uses his smartphone to take a picture of the euro sign landmark in front of the headquarters of the European Central Bank  in Frankfurt yesterday.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The EU and euro area continue to face the most serious crisis in the history of integration. The European Union is in a period of transition that will(...)

French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault: “We believe in Europe, but we are not the yes men of Europe,” he said. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Relations between Paris and José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, continued to deteriorate yesterday when prime minister Jea(...)

Pierre Mauroy

Pierre Mauroy, who has died aged 84, was France’s first socialist prime minister under the Fifth Republic introduced by Charles de Gaulle. When Franço(...)