Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras gestures before his speech during a parliament session in Athens yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Greece’s latest round of reform proposals have so far failed to satisfy creditors, with discussions set to continue with its international lenders (...)

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström: has inherited one of the trickiest portfolios in Jean-Claude Juncker’s commission. PHOTOGRAPH: THIERRY CHARLIER/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Sitting in her fourth floor office in the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström is resolutely upbeat a(...)

Demonstrators from Friends of the Earth Europe protest against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Pact in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

In June 2013. in the final weeks of Ireland’s European Union presidency, the bloc’s 28 member states gave the go-ahead to Brussels to start negotiatin(...)

Candles at the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school in Haltern am See on Wednesday. Students and teachers at a small-town German high school broke out in ears when they realised that 16 class-mates and two teachers were on board an ill-fated Germanwings aircraft. Photograph: Reuters 2:12

Families of the 150 victims of the Germanwings air crash have begun to arrive in the remote corner of the French Alps as investigators hunt for clues (...)

The loss of 72 German nationals, including 16 schoolchildren, on Germanwings flight 4U 9525 was one of the largest losses of life in a single incident in recent German history. Photograph: Getty Images

The theme of European solidarity came to the fore in Europe in very different ways this week.On Monday, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras visited Be(...)

Ulrich Wessel, principal of the Joseph-Koenig Gymnasium in Haltern, Germany, emerges from the school as mourners arrive to lay flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial to 16 students and two teachers from the school who were on a Germanwings flight that crashed in southern France. Photograph: Getty Images

In many ways it seemed like just a normal school day in Haltern am See as students began arriving just before 7.30am Tuesday morning. Streams of te(...)

Ulrich Wessel (centre), principal of the Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school, and city mayor Bodo Klimpel speak at a press conference the day after 16 students and two teachers from Joseph-Koenig-Gymnasium high school were among passengers on Germanwings flight 4U9525 that crashed on Tuesday in southern France. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The regional schools minister of the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia has described seeing faces of “enormous grief” this morning at the Joseph-(...)

 Students leave candles in front of the Joseph-Koenig college in Haltern am See, Germany. Photograph: Rolf Vennenbernd/EPA

A quiet stillness descended on the small town of Haltern in northern Germany yesterday evening. As dusk fell, the only sound was the soft hum of cars (...)

ECB president Mario Draghi arrives at a meeting of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, where he said the financial situation of Greece under the last government “was not the fault of the troika, not the fault of the ECB”. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has defended the ECB’s role in the current Greek crisis, rebutting accusations that the bank had “blackm(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny talks of tax cuts on the back of successful negotiations with the commission. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

The Government has been accused of preparing to buy the next election as it steps up its efforts to have the European Commission’s strict fiscal ru(...)