Managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  at Government Buildings Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Government debt as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) fell to 109 per cent last year on the back of better-than-expected economic growth.Fi(...)

A European Union flag and a Greek national flag fly beneath the Parthenon temple on Acropolis Hill in Athens, Greece. Global lenders’ negotiations with Greece, which have been moving at a crawl recently, have gained some momentum but remained a long way from the finish line, the International Monetary Fund’s European head told a German newspaper. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Global lenders’ negotiations with Greece, which have been moving at a crawl recently, have gained some momentum but remained a long way from the finis(...)

  The only institution capable of acting as an impartial judge between the Germans and the Greeks is the IMF which, sadly, has gone missing in action. Pictured: Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

It is as hard to conjure up the right metaphor as it is to figure out why nobody outside Greece seems to be worried. The risk that the euro area is ab(...)

Billboard in central Athens: Greece aims for a deal with creditors, but will not back down on red-line issues. photograph: reuters/alkis konstantinidis Photograph: Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis

As the Greek Easter holiday period – Easter Sunday fell a week later than in the West this year – comes to a definitive end with the reopening of scho(...)

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s finance minister, speaks during a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis promised to compromise in negotiations over the next instalment of a bailout loan that would prevent a default(...)

The IMF ruled out granting Greece permission to defer debt repayments. The fund’s managing director Christine Lagarde said that an advanced economy had never asked for a payment delay. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Yields on 10-year Greek debt rose to their highest level in two years on Thursday amid fears the country is moving closer to default as it struggles t(...)

Miners and supporters hold a banner and shout slogans during a protest in front of the parliament building in Athens Photograph: Reuters

Greece’s bonds tumbled, pushing 10-year yields to the highest in more than two years, as pressure mounted on the southern European nation to secure(...)

International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director Christine Lagarde   shakes hands with Shakila Luqman, a member of the Pakistani National Assembly, as she poses for photos with attendees during the 2015 Global Parliamentary Conference at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington.

The IMF has kept its global growth forecasts unchanged, but warned that the economic recovery remains “moderate and uneven,” beset by greater uncertai(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras: his government’s   labour market, pension reform and  privatisation measures face troika scrutiny.  Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Greece will this week seek to agree core elements of a provisional deal with international creditors ahead of a key meeting of euro zone finance mini(...)

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s finance minister: Negotiations between Greece and its international creditors will resume in Brussels and Athens on Monday.

Suzanne Lynch, European CorrespondentNegotiations between Greece and its international creditors will resume in Brussels and Athens on Monday in a bid(...)