European Council President Donald Tusk:  “I am really afraid of this ideological or political contagion, not financial contagion, of this Greek crisis”. Photograph:  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

A spectre is haunting Europe following the economic and financial upheavals of recent years and that spectre is political chaos. In Ireland it is evid(...)

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella: Ireland among the ‘more generous’ countries in accepting refugees.  Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella has praised the Irish response to this year’s Meditteranean migrant crisis. Speaking to the Italian parliamentary(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has proposed pruning and reordering the competences of the European Commission in light of its euro crisis r(...)

British chancellor  George Osborne  and French economy minister Emmanuel Macron: the negotiations on the  Greek bailout strengthened the argument of British Eurosceptics. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images 1:04

Britain’s plan to renegotiate its relationship with the EU was back in the news this week as George Osborne kicked off a fresh round of diplomatic eff(...)

A US Air Force transport plane on the runway at Incirlik Air Base, on the outskirts of the city of Adana, southeastern Turkey on Tuesday. Turkish warplanes started striking militant targets in Syria last week and also allowed the US to launch strikes from Incirlik Air Base. Photograph: AP

Few were surprised when Turkish fighter jets launched airstrikes on Islamic State positions in northern Syria last week . However, the simultaneous ta(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble will divert tax takings for new “euro budget”. Photograph: Eric Luke

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble is ready to divert some of his country’s national sales and income tax takings to bankroll a new “euro budg(...)

The minimum age for sexual relations was also raised on Thursday, from 13 to 16, after international bodies including the United Nations and the European Council pressed for a change. Photograph: Getty Images

Spain has raised the minimum age for marriage and sexual relations to 16 from 14 and 13 respectively, bringing the country into line with much of Euro(...)

The Jewish settlement of Givat Zeev in the West Bank, north of Jerusalem. A government programme authorises 381 new homes in the illegal settlement. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

Israel is to approve the building of almost 900 new homes in West Bank Jewish settlements today, ending what settler leaders termed a de facto build(...)

Berlin will only act if the verbal Molotov cocktails stop flying in its direction ... Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech during a special session at the Bundestag on new Greek bail-out deal. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

What have I learned from the euro crisis? Sitting up all night this week in the European Council press room I had plenty of time to think about the an(...)

Euro group  .... President of the eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem (centre) is seen with   Minister for Finance Michael Noonan   prior to the start of the eurogroup meeting in Brussels on Monday.   Photograph:  Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Eight emergency meetings of finance ministers, three crisis summits, and a country on its knees. This is the sum total of four weeks of European diplo(...)