The loss of 72 German nationals, including 16 schoolchildren, on Germanwings flight 4U 9525 was one of the largest losses of life in a single incident in recent German history. Photograph: Getty Images

The theme of European solidarity came to the fore in Europe in very different ways this week.On Monday, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras visited Be(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi arrives at a meeting of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, where he said the financial situation of Greece under the last government “was not the fault of the troika, not the fault of the ECB”. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has defended the ECB’s role in the current Greek crisis, rebutting accusations that the bank had “blackm(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny talks of tax cuts on the back of successful negotiations with the commission. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

The Government has been accused of preparing to buy the next election as it steps up its efforts to have the European Commission’s strict fiscal ru(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi arriving for an EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Thierry Charlier

The European Central Bank is holding to its position that its president, Mario Draghi, will not go before the Oireachtas banking inquiry in spite of t(...)

Angela Merkel: made a specific reference to Ireland

Ireland’s reputation as the poster boy for European reform resurfaced yesterday, as EU leaders mulled over the latest development in the Greek bailout(...)

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras addressing a news conference during the EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday raised the prospect of further tax cuts in October’s budget as Ireland continues its bid to secure more flexibility(...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny arrives for the second day of the European Summit of Heads of States and governments at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has raised the prospect of further tax cuts in October’s budget as Ireland continues its bid to secure more flexibility from the (...)

(From left to right)  European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, president of the European Council, Polish, Donald Tusk, secretary general of the  EU council Uwe Corsepius, ECB president Mario Draghi, French president Francois Hollande, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch finance minister and president of Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem sit at the start of a special roundtable meeting on the Greek financial crisis, on the sideline of an EU summit in Brussels,  on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

The situation between Greece and its international creditors remains precarious as another late-night meeting in Brussels ended without specific progr(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi ‘has taken the unusual step of telling the market he will purchase bonds yielding above the ECB’s deposit rate of minus 0.2 per cent. In other words, he is a forced buyer.’ Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Government bond markets are supposed to be sedate places, devoid of the thrills and spills that characterise equities. Not any more. Since central (...)

Over the past year the dollar has risen 20 per cent on average against other major currencies; it’s up 27 per cent against the euro

We’ve been warned over and over that the Federal Reserve, in its effort to improve the economy, is “debasing” the dollar. The archaic word itself tell(...)