Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis: appeared to offer some concessions ahead of yesterday’s meeting, which was attended by Minister Michael Noonan. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis

Greece won little leeway from creditors at a eurogroup meeting in Riga yesterday, as senior European Union officials warned that the country must acc(...)

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s finance minister (centre) at  a news conference following a meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels, Belgium on Monday.  Greece will resume talks with its creditors this week. Photograph: Bloomberg

in Brussels Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has urged the European Commission to grant greater flexibility to Ireland in the application of budget(...)

French finance minister Michel Sapin arriving at a euro zone finance ministers meeting  in Brussels.

European Union finance ministers will give France two more years on Tuesday to cut its budget deficit to within EU limits, extending the deadline for (...)

EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici said the decline in oil price, depreciating euro and recently-launched quantitative easing programme by the ECB would provide ‘a welcome shot in the arm for the EU economy’. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The German euro-zone motor has bounced back into life, pulling the bloc’s economy behind it, after notoriously tight-fisted German consumers lifted(...)

Protests in Greece: Time is not on Greece’s side as it continues to negotiate a compromise agreement with euro zone partners. Photograph: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis

Ten days after a general election in Greece led to the government of Alexis Tsipras assuming on Wednesday, the European Central Bank announced it woul(...)

  Chancellor George Osborne  is understood to have told Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis that London  will not be sympathetic to Athens’s debt demands. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Suzanne Lynch and Mark Hennessy Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras travels to Brussels tomorrow for meetings with the head of the European Commission(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  in Cologne and Greece’s new prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, in Athens. Dr Merkel told German newspapers she  did not “envisage” any fresh debt cut. Photographs: Louisa Gouliamaki, Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has moved to calm concerns over his anti-austerity strategy, vowing not to act “unilaterally” on his country’s €3(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel (left)  and Greece’s new prime minister Alexis Tsipras right. Mrs  Merkel has repeatedly stated Athens must respect the bailout accord with the EU while Mr Tsipras  for his part has not included Germany among a series of visits to European ;eaders this week. Photograph: AFP

New Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, striking a conciliatory note on debt talks after a turbulent start to office, has called the European Central(...)

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Thursday that Germany should remember to respect the independence of the European Central Bank. Photo: Getty Images

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Thursday that Germany should remember to respect the independence of the European Central Bank after the (...)

French Finance Minister Michel Sapin speaks to media after talks with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, Jens Weidmann, chief of Germany’s Bundesbank, Anne Le Lorier, first deputy governor of the Banque de France, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron and German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke

Europe needs less talk and more action to stimulate Europe’s ailing economies, Germany’s Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel said, as he prop(...)