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(...)

Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel has already given up hope of beating Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany’s 2017 general election. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany doesn’t go to the polls until 2017 but Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel has already given up hope of beating Angela Merkel. (...)

 Chancellor Angela Merkel does not approve of binding quotas for women Photo: David Sleator/The Irish Times

German listed companies will be obliged to have at least 30 per cent women at non-executive board level from 2016.But the Bundestag vote, hailed as “h(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble after making his speech, near German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in the Bundestag in Berlinon Friday. Photograph: EPA

Through gritted teeth, and for very different reasons, a comfortable majority of German parliamentarians backed a four-month extension to the Greek EU(...)

German deputy chancellor and economis minister Sigmar Gabriel delivers a speech at a conference in Berlin on Tuesday. The party he leads, the SPD, is stuck 15 opinion poll points behind its grand coalition partner, Angela Merkel’s CDU. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

After five years of Merkel’s austerity melodies, Germany’s Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel wants to change the record. And so the deputy c(...)

Free Liberals (FDP) chairman Christian Lindner gives flowers to Katja Suding, the party’s top candidate in the Hamburg state election, at a meeting in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Tim Brakemeier

After 18 months in the political wilderness, Germany’s liberal Free Democrats have seized on weekend election gains in Hamburg as a welcome last-minu(...)

FDP Hamburg leader Katja Suding (right) and two party colleagues did a photo shoot as ‘Linder’s Angels’ – a nod to luckless FDP leader Christian Lindner.

Germany’s liberal Free Democrats (FDP) were once the kingmaker of postwar politics: proud champions of free markets and human rights. Then the (...)

“The German economy has returned to growth regardless of geopolitical turbulence,” says  economics minister  Sigmar Gabriel . Photograph: EPA/Bernd von Jutrczenka

Germany has raised its 2015 growth forecast to 1.5 per cent, matching last year’s performance, as its famously finicky consumers have started a natio(...)

Germany’s  minister for finance, Wolfgang Schäuble: “Nobody is forcing anything on Greece. Our attitude to debt. . . remains unchanged.”

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has ruled out a further debt cut for Greece, but said a further extension of existing European Union-Interna(...)

New European Council president Donald Tusk of Poland before a meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels. Today’s EU summit will bethe first under the leadership of Mr Tusk. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Berlin has insisted that an EU plan to stimulate European growth through investment must be led by the private sector and not dominated by political p(...)