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Moody’s said it was keeping its outlook for ireland at negative. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Ratings agency Moody’s has affirmed its negative outlook on Ireland’s sovereign rating, as the EU bailout of Cyprus and poor asset quality in the I(...)

“It was the Irish government that imposed the farthest-reaching guarantee for its banking system at the start of the crisis – on its own initiative,” said German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Photograph: Eric Luke

On a dismal Tuesday night, 600 Berliners have braved the snow and a bitter, Siberian wind to fill the Deutsches Theater. Six bankers prowl the (...)

A man waits to make a transaction at a Laiki Bank ATM in Nicosia yesterday. Cyprus’s two insolvent banks are being put through resolution procedures that will see equity holders and bondholders lose out and uninsured deposits subjected to a substantial write-down. Photograph: Reuters/Yorgos Karahalis

From an Irish perspective the most remarkable aspect of events in Cyprus is how they represent a complete reversal of Eu ropean policy from the(...)

(L-R) International Monetary Fund executive director Christine Lagarde, Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem and European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn attend a news conference at the end of a Eurogroup meeting at the European Council building in Brussels. Photograph: Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters

Cyprus clinched a last-ditch deal with international lenders today for a €10 billion bailout that will shut down its second largest bank and in(...)

A protester casts his shadow onto a Cypriot flag during an anti-bailout rally outside the presidential palace in Nicosia. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Reuters

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades is tonight holding last-minute talks with international lenders on todayy in an attempt to save the Medite(...)

Bank employees protest outside the Finance Ministry in Nicosia today. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Cyprus has conceded to a one-off levy on deposits over €100,000 in a dramatic U-turn as it raced to satisfy Eu ropean partners and seal an (...)

Cash flow: people queue at a Cyprus Popular Bank ATM. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty

Just over a week ago, finance ministers from the 17 countries in the euro zone and officials from the EU and IMF filed into a drab room at the (...)

Cyprus’s  failure to get a deal from Russia left it looking foolish and desperate and altered the deadlock’s power dynamics, despite the diplomatic language used by prime minister Dmitry Medvedev yesterday in a press conference with European Commission president José Manuel Barroso. Photograph: Reuters Cyprus’s failure to get a deal from Russia left it looking foolish and desperate and altered the deadlock’s power dynamics, despite the diplomatic language used by prime minister Dmitry Medvedev yesterday in a press conference with European Commission president José Manuel Barroso. Photograph: Reuters

The week began with sketchy details of a Cypriot bailout trickling out of Brussels in the early hours of Saturday. It ended with chaos and ange(...)

Supporters of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party hold Greek flags during a rally over the crisis in Cyprus outside the German embassy in Athens today.  Photograph: John Kolesidis/Reuters

Finance ministers of the 17-nation euro zone will hold talks on Sunday on the bailout crisis in Cyprus. The meeting has been scheduled a(...)

Representatives from the ECB were working on ways to reopen the banks “as soon as possible”, eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said. Photograph: Reuters

The European Central Bank yesterday threatened to withdraw emergency funding from Cyprus ’s banks by Monday, effectively setting a deadline for(...)

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