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(...)

Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has said Portugal should stick to the deficit reduction targets set out in its assistance programme. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Portugal should stick to the budget deficit reduction targets agreed with international lenders, the head of the eurozone finance ministers group Jero(...)

European Commission president José Manuel Barroso: “While the leap towards monetary union was taken, the economic leg of the EMU [European Monetary Union] stayed behind.” Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Further economic and monetary integration must be a priority if the European Union is to meet the challenges of the 21st century, a conference (...)