The Olympic flame lighting ceremony at Olympia in Greece: there are two Greeces: “the Greece whose glory everyone wants to restore – classical, democratic, philosophical, heroic – and the Greece on the map”. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

In his 1969 play The Mundy Scheme, Brian Friel asked “What happens to an emerging country after it has emerged?” I think I’ve found Greece’s answer. (...)

Yanis Varoufakis: traces the origins of Europe’s crisis to 1971 in his new book. Photograph: milos bicanski/getty images

Eight months after his abrupt resignation as Greece’s finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis is back in the thick of things, leading a new pan-European po(...)

 Supporters of far-right Golden Dawn party outside the appeals court in Athens, Greece in 2014. The neo-fascist group recorded 500,000 votes in last September’s general election, seven per cent of the poll, returning 18 MPs. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

David Cameron says that if the referendum on British membership of the European Union returns a majority for leaving, it would take two years to negot(...)

 Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said a Brexit would be a 	‘grave error’. Photograph: Bernd Jutrczenka/EPA

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has warned that Britain’s exit from the European Union would speed up the disintegration of the union. (...)

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (left) said Ireland had rejected the policies of Fine Gael Minister for Finance.

Ireland has rejected Fine Gael and Labour’s “dead-end policies” and Michael Noonan’s “cynical” pledge to renegotiate cuts to Ireland’s banking debt, f(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has rejected criticisms from former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis over the stance taken by to debt relief during the Greek bailout crisis. Photograph: AFP

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis was “making excuses for his own failure”, when he criticised Ireland’s approach to debt relief during t(...)

Stephen Donnelly TD gained more new followers than all the other leaders combined during Monday night’s Leaders’ Debate. Photograph: Oisin McHugh, FusionShooters.

A taste for democracy Only yesterday we reported on the welcome intrusion of man’s best friend into the campaign with the launch of the Dogs Trust man(...)

Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis: Not beloved by domestic audience.

On the streets of the small city of Corinth, deemed the weathervane of Greece’s troubled politics, it is difficult to find people who admit to still b(...)

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. File photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/EPA

Ireland faces a “stark choice” at the next election between those who have imposed austerity on the Irish people and those who have an alternative vis(...)

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister, at a panel session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

It was (to paraphrase Dickens) the best of years, it was the worst of years. On January 25th last year Greeks elected their first ever left-wing (as d(...)