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(...)

 Alexis Tsipras: succeeded in maintaining his position as prime minister despite signing up to a vastly more punitive austerity programme than anything that had been envisaged at the beginning of the year. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

It was shortly before 9am on July 13th when bleary-eyed euro zone leaders emerged to face the waiting media. Following a marathon 17-hour EU summit,(...)

Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufikis speaking to media before the start of the Kilkonomics festival in Kilkenny. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland is no “paradigm of successful austerity” and owes its success to a more lenient approach taken by its creditors and a corporation tax rate tha(...)

Yanis Varoufakis: will talk at Kilkenomics about how the Germans  behaved while he was minister for finance

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is to speak at the Kilkenomics economics festival, which is taking place in Kilkenny this week. The an(...)

European Stability Mechanism managing director Klaus Regling: ‘The Greek government should sell what has happened already – and what might have been – very positively to their electorate.’ Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Peter Spiegel in Brussels The head of the euro zone’s €500 billion bailout fund has played down expectations that Greece will be granted large-scale (...)

Former greek finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks during the 43rd annual Fete de la Rose political meeting last August  in Frangy-en-Bresse, France. Photograph:  Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will open the upcoming Kilkenomics festival, economist amd journalist David McWilliams has announced. T(...)

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is to speak at the Kilkenomics economics festival. Photo: Bloomberg

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is to speak at the Kilkenomics economics festival. Mr Varoufakis will give an insider account of how h(...)

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi: Made off-the-cuff remarks to party members. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi yesterday found himself caught up in bitter exchanges with former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis followin(...)

 Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi said Labour party will struggle with  Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader. Photograph: EPA

Britain’s opposition Labour party has committed electoral suicide by picking left-winger Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader, Italian prime minister Matt(...)

Alexis Tsipras arrives at the presidential palace in Athens on Monday. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Euclid Tsakalotos is to be reappointed as Greek finance minister in Alexis Tsipras’s new cabinet, a senior source in the leftist Syriza party said on (...)