Greece prime minister Alexis Tsipras who will hold a meeting on the margins of the summit  with German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande, and the heads of the European Commission, European Council and European Central Bank. Photograph: EPA

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras travels to Brussels today for a two-day summit of EU leaders, amid continuing tensions between Athens and its inte(...)

A caricature depicts Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the traditional rosemonday carnival parade in the western German city of Duesseldorf. Photogaraph. AFP/Getty Images

I am very pleased that Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, and Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, took my advice about the need for compromise.(...)

Tánaiste   Joan Burton: “We should not be constrained from essential investment by a narrow or rigid interpretation of fiscal rules on the part of the European Commission.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Coalition has started a major lobbying campaign urging the European Commission to ease back on rigid fiscal rules which would limit the scope for (...)

Speaking alongside Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras in Brussels, European President Jean-Claude Juncker saod: “This is not a time for division. This is the time for coming together.” Photograph: AFP/Getty

in Brussels DEREK SCALLY in Berlin European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker struck a conciliatory tone with Greece yesterday, as Greek finan(...)

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(...)

Minister for Finance  Michael Noonan (left) and EU Commissioner in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union, Pierre Moscovici  at the start of the Eurogroup meeting of Finance ministers at the EU council headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has called on the European Commission to grant greater flexibility to Ireland in the application of budget rules t(...)

Eurogroup President and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem (R) speaks with European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a meeting of Eurogroup finance ministers at EU headquarters in Brussels. European finance ministers urged Greece to stop wasting time in talks on its crucial bailout as debt-stricken Athens warned of a possible referendum if its reform plans are rejected.  (Photograph: AFP/Getty Images)

Suzanne Lynch in BrusselsGreece has been urged to “stop wasting time” and start implementing reform measures as euro zone finance ministers gather in (...)

Greece’s Finance Minister, Yianis Varoufakis. In an interview marathon over the weekend, both Greek and German finance ministers tried to put very different spins on last week’s deal in Brussels.

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has announced he will ask EU partners for further assistance in the coming weeks to “smooth over a cash-flo(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble after making his speech, near German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in the Bundestag in Berlinon Friday. Photograph: EPA

Through gritted teeth, and for very different reasons, a comfortable majority of German parliamentarians backed a four-month extension to the Greek EU(...)

The Bundestag is expected to vote on the extension of the Greek loan programme on Friday after the eurogroup yesterday approved reform measures propo(...)