Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras also defended his embattled former finance minister, who has continued to create headaches for the government since being ousted earlier this month

Prime minister Alexis Tsipras on Friday acknowledged his government had made covert contingency plans in case Greece was forced out of the euro, but (...)

 Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Officials in Berlin insist he is not interested in weakening the European Commission. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Officials close to Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, have denied reports that he wants to strip the European Commission of powers if its (...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras delivers his speech during a central committee meeting of the Syriza party in Athens on Thursday. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou

Doubts about the IMF’s participation in a third bailout package for Greece emerged on Thursday as an IMF official said the Washington-based fund would(...)

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(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras: argues that Greece is now front-page news and has been presented in “a positive light”. Photograph: Kostas Baltas/Reuters

Greece will not implement reform measures beyond those agreed at an emergency summit earlier this month, prime minister Alexis Tsipras has said, amid(...)

Protesters at an Anti-Water Charges Rally in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The latest twist in the Irish Water saga is a huge political embarrassment for the Coalition. To make matters worse there is nothing the parties in go(...)

A European Union flag flutters outside the Athens stock exchange

Talks between Greece and its international creditors on a third bailout began in Athens on Monday but the lenders want to see more reforms turned into(...)

‘ The failure of Kenny and Burton to accept that they or their parties might have got anything wrong  . . . will do nothing to help the country avoid making a similar mess in the future.’ Above, a screen grab of Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Banking Inquiry 1:56

Talleyrand reputedly said of the Bourbons that they had learned nothing and forgotten nothing from their experience of the French revolution. The bank(...)

Greek  prime minister Alexis Tsipras accepted the creditors’ terms even though Greek voters had rejected an earlier offer in a referendum

Talks on tying up a new bailout deal for Greece failed to start on Friday as had been expected, with officials blaming security worries for delaying t(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras listen to speakers during a session at the Greek parliament. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Greece is bracing for the return to Athens of officials representing the reviled “troika” of creditors as the debt-stricken country prepares to start (...)