March saw the sharpest increase in new export orders in manufacturing since April 2014. Photograph: Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg

Manufacturing activity across the euro zone accelerated faster than previously thought last month, adding to signs the region’s economy is recovering,(...)

A street vendor selling Greek shadow-puppet theatre figures  in Athens: Greece remains internationally uncompetitive, as shown by the sluggishness of its exports. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Reuters

Since the election of Greece’s Syriza-led government, negotiations over its place in Europe have gone terribly, with posturing on one side and anno(...)

 Fianna Fáil spokesman on finance Michael McGrath has said people with variable rate mortgages  are being ‘discriminated against’ by banks. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath has said people with variable rate mortgages should be “up in arms” because they are being “discriminate(...)

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(...)

New data on Monday showed that prices in Europe’s largest economy rose 0.1 per cent in March from a year earlier. (Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

Germany’s inflation rate turned positive for the first time in three months as the country’s economy strengthened and the European Central Bank’s bon(...)

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister, has so far pledged to repay in full obligations to the International Monetary Fund and the ECB, as well as private bondholders. (Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg)

In Athens, the unspeakable is at risk of becoming the inevitable. Market metrics show Greece is in danger of sinking under the burden of its de(...)

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(...)

Jens Weidmann, president of the Deutsche Bundesbank, gestures as he speaks at the Suddeutsche Zeitung economic summit in Berlin. Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The head of Germany’s Bundesbank has said that he is opposed to more emergency funding for Greece, accusing Athens of gambling away “a lot of trust”.S(...)

Official figures show the State’s milk supply was more than 5 per cent over-quota at the end of February  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Irish farmers are now certain to be stung with a record fine of up to €80 million for exceeding the State’s milk quota this year.With Europe’s long-st(...)

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(...)