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Podemos party leader and candidate Teresa Rodríguez  after the Andalusian regional elections, in Seville, southern Spain, on Sunday.  Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

On Sunday night, when the results of the Andalusia regional elections started to emerge, most Spaniards were more likely to be following the soccer ma(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Spokesmen for 1st Independent Mayo, based in the Taoiseach’s political base, has said the campaign aims to promote community-based politics across the State. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Campaigners for a new type of community-based political representation in Mayo say their template could apply to any constituency across the State.The(...)

 Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has told RTÉ’s Today with Sean O’Rourke show that it is his ambition to one day lead Labour. Mr Kelly also criticised Sinn Féin for ‘false promises’ during the interview. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly has said it is his ambition to lead Labour in the future. Mr Kelly, the party’s deputy leader, also compared t(...)

Juan Carlos Monedero,  third-in-command of Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos, during a press conference in Madrid. Mr Monedero described a controversy over payments he received from from the Venezuelan, Bolivian, Ecuadorian and Nicaraguan governments as a ‘government set up’. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

Podemos, the new anti-austerity party that is leading Spanish polls, has hit back at accusations that one of its leaders engaged in tax fraud, stemmin(...)

Athenians wave Greek flags during a protest rally outside the Greek parliament building in Syntagma square, central Athens. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

The rise of Sinn Féin in opinion polls in Ireland and a similar surge of support for Podemos in Spain is “the best help” that can be given to the n(...)

Anti-water charge protestors during a demonstration in Dublin. A member of Greece’s Syriza party has said the Irish campaign was an inspiration. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Irish anti-water charges campaign was “inspirational” to the people of Greece, as a “working class movement that challenged the narrative that eve(...)

Anti-austerity protestors in Madrid, Spain. Thousands marched in the Spanish capital in support of the Podemos party. Photograph:  Sergio Perez/Reuters

Tens of thousands marched in Madrid today in the biggest show of support yet for anti-austerity party Podemos, whose surging popularity and policies h(...)

Siptu president Jack O’Connor has called for a new left-wing government and pay increases. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Siptu, the country’s largest trade union, is to seek pay increases of 5 per cent across the public and private sectors.In a speech today, Siptu presid(...)

“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(...)

Greece’s four biggest lenders saw their stock prices plummet by an average of more than 25 per cent. Photograph: AP

Greek bank shares suffered their worst one-day loss on record yesterday as anxiety grew over the new government’s plan to renegotiate the country’s €2(...)

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