German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble during a special session of the German Bundestag over the proposed bailout package for Greece last week.  Photograph: EPA/BERND VON JUTRCZENKA

There is no euro zone crisis. It’s impossible to understand what’s going on now if you start out with the assumption that there is a single community (...)

David Cameron: has warned of the UK “sleepwalking towards the exit” and  bizarrely sees his referendum pledge as a way of regaining control. Photograph: Leon Neal/Reuters

The preoccupation and worry in Dublin with the outcome of the UK general election is unusual. They usually matter a bit. This time, a lot. A subtext o(...)

French president Francois Hollande: he took drastic action by overriding parliament to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty

French president François Hollande took drastic action on Tuesday to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms, overriding parliam(...)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker: cancelled planned appearance with Jacques Delors yesterday.  Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Five days into his new job as European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker’s honeymoon in the job ended yesterday, following the revelation t(...)

 Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna (right) speaking to Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Mr Gramegna was in defensive mode today

Luxembourg’s finance minister staunchly defended his country’s tax regime today, arguing that the tax deals revealed in The Irish Times and other m(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker rings the bell to start the first European Commission college meeting under his presidency yesterday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The winds of change swept into Brussels this week as Jean-Claude Juncker and his team of 27 commenced their five-year term at the helm of the European(...)

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 (...)