Four years after the country called for a financial lifeline, Greece has recorded a primary budget surplus. Mal Langsdon /Reuters

Greece has met the budget goal set by its euro area partners as a condition for talks on further debt relief, four years after the country cal(...)

French president Francois Hollande (centre) with prime minister Manuel Valls (left) and interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve following the weekly cabinet meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French president Francois Hollande’s government approved plans today to bring the public deficit into line with EU limits by the end of next y(...)

Polish prime minister Donald Tusk: “Europe should confront Russia’s monopolistic position with a single European body charged with buying its gas.” Photograph: EPA/Grzegorz Michalowski

Polish prime minister Donald Tusk has called on the EU to establish an “energy union”, returning to its coal-and-steel roots to negotiate joint gas(...)

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn who refused to be drawn today on  speculation that he is to be moved as part of  a Cabinet reshuffle.

Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has laughed off speculation that he is to be moved in a Cabinet reshuffle and told a teachers’ conference i(...)

Mixed forecasts

The Department of Finance, in publishing its draft Stability Pact Update (SPU) and its Minister, Michael Noonan, in commenting on the document,(...)

A rethink on banking

One of the outgoing European Parliament’s final and most significant acts before next month’s elections has been to legislate for a European ba(...)

Nicky McFadden: Her sister Gabrielle said she will contest the by-election caused by Ms McFadden’s death

The sister of the late Fine Gael TD Nicky McFadden has said she will contest the by-election caused by Ms McFadden’s death, increasing the like(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz: “It’s not on that the public purse drops out as an investor in crisis countries and that private companies cannot invest in these countries because of the credit crunch.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Martin Schulz, European Parliament president and socialist candidate for president of the European Commission, has called for a rethink o(...)

Andi Schnellman from Schnellertollemeier at 12 Points

Umea is a music town. Metal monsters Meshuggah hail from this neat, low-rise city of 117,000, huddled on the jagged shoreline of the Gulf of Bo(...)

If the department and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan abide by the logic of the numbers, the economy will need to grow by 4.7 per cent next year to cancel out the proposed adjustment of €2 billion

The Stability Pact Update, published by the Department of Finance on Tuesday, essentially amounts to the opening salvo in the budgetary war. (...)

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