Prime minister David Cameron on the Conservative election campaign bus, near Builth Wells, Wales. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Job numbers in the UK now stand at a record high and unemployment has fallen back to 1.8 million, according to published figures seized upon by the(...)

The IMF ruled out granting Greece permission to defer debt repayments. The fund’s managing director Christine Lagarde said that an advanced economy had never asked for a payment delay. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Yields on 10-year Greek debt rose to their highest level in two years on Thursday amid fears the country is moving closer to default as it struggles t(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Greece’s European creditors intensified pressure on the indebted nation yesterday, warning the Greek government that a deal is unlikely at next week(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras’s visit to Russia offered a reflection of diffidence and division across Europe. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

The pilgrimage of Greek premier Alexis Tsipras to Moscow told a tale of two tragedies. One, perilously close to the denouement, is about Greece’s unce(...)

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(...)