Italian Socialist vice-president of the Parliament Gianni Pittella (left) and European Peoples’ Party group candidate designate for the presidency of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker at the start of a meeting with political group of the parliament in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

There is increasing expectation that Jeroen Dijsselbloem may be named the European Commission’s next finance chief in the coming weeks, as Jean-Cla(...)

 Minster for Finance Michael Noonan: said  he was not aware of any plan to link debt relief to tax reform. Photograph:  Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Does anyone still think we are going to do a deal with Europe on our legacy bank debt? Hardly a week goes by that some European official or politician(...)

Minister for Finance  Michael Noonan with Klaus Regling, from Germany, Managing Director of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) prior to the eurogroup finance ministers meeting  in Luxembourg. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA

Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem has played down the possibility that Ireland may be granted debt relief for Bank of Ireland and AIB by the Eur(...)

Outgoing European Commissioner Joaquin Almunia. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The European Commission’s announcement yesterday that it is to investigate three countries, including Ireland, for offering specific tax arrangements (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has dismissed concerns about the level of SME debt carried by Irish businesses: “The SMEs are being sorted out.” Photograph: Reuters

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has dismissed concerns about the level of SME debt carried by Irish businesses, amid concern in Brussels over the (...)

Euro group president and Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem talks to the media before the euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Portuguese bond yields fell sharply as markets digested Portugal’s decision to make a “clean exit” from the bailout, and euro zone finance ministers (...)

Prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho makes his statement on the bailout exit accompanied by his ministers at St Bento Palace in Lisbon yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Rafael Marchante

Portugal is to follow Ireland’s lead an exit its EU-IMF bailout without the help of a precautionary credit line, prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho an(...)

 German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said sustainable growth and stable finances were “not alternatives but two sides of the same coin”. Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has warned his new French counterpart, Michel Sapin, that the rest of Europe expects Paris to stick to it(...)

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(...)

Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek and German chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of the EU heads of state summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Germany has dampened expectations of imminent bank recapitalisations for Irish banks from the European Stability Mechanism bailout fund after y(...)