The annual rate of inflation in the 19-nation bloc climbed to minus 0.1 per cent from minus 0.3 per cent in February. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

A slump in euro-area consumer prices eased in March, offering respite to the European Central Bank after it ramped up stimulus to fend off a deflation(...)

Permanent TSB denied the payments were bonuses. A spokesman explained they were commissions and have been part of staff’s salaries since before the financial crash in 2008. Photograph: Alan Betson

Permanent TSB staff shared about €1 million in extra commission payments last year for hitting sales targets, it has emerged.The largely State-owned (...)

Out tomorrow: euro zone CPI. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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Joan Burton said Irish people were sympathetic to Greece, reflected in their €350 million contribution to its EU/IMF programme, but that Ireland wanted to see more progress on tackling corruption and boosting tax revenue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called on Greece to make credible progress in boosting the tax take and fighting corruption before it receives the final €7 b(...)

Moody’s changed in the review status on Permanent TSB following  the European Commission’s approval in principle of the bank’s restructuring plan. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Moody’s has altered its review status on Permanent TSB’s baseline credit assessment, changing it from review for downgrade to review with direction un(...)

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(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  blamed ECB limits on Greece’s ability to issue short-term debt as well as euro zone bailout authorities’ refusal to disburse any cash before Athens adopts a new round of reforms. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greece’s financial aid programme is set to be changed to accommodate its new government, a senior European Central Bank official said on Monday, notin(...)

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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(...)

Angela Merkel: made a specific reference to Ireland

Ireland’s reputation as the poster boy for European reform resurfaced yesterday, as EU leaders mulled over the latest development in the Greek bailout(...)