Manfred Weber: has been an MEP for 16 years but has no state or federal ministerial experience. Photograph: Markku Ulander/Lehtikuva

If Europe’s centre-right parties of the European People’s Party come out on top in next year’s European elections they will get the European Parliamen(...)

The housing crisis has emerged as a key issue. High rents and the lack of availability of new homes is emerging as a block to inward investment and to the State’s attempts to attract banks from London to Ireland post-Brexit.

In terms of surprises, 2017 is unlikely to rival the year just ending. From the Brexit vote to the Apple tax decision and the election of Donald Trump(...)

Christine Lagarde demonstrated leadership during the global financial crisis, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty

Christine Lagarde has picked up support from European countries including Ireland and a one-time rival for a second term as leader of the Internationa(...)

Joseph Daul European People’s Party president, said comments from far-right leaders such as France’s Marine Le Pen echoed the extremism seen in Europe during the second World War. Photograph: EPA

The rise of populism and extremism across Europe is “undermining the European project”, European People’s Party (EPP) president Joseph Daul said yeste(...)

Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos  shakes hands with German counterpart  Wolfgang Schäuble at the start of the  special Eurogroup meeting in Brussels. Photograph: EPA

Finance ministers of the euro single currency group have approved the first €26 billion of a vast new bailout package to help rebuild Greece’s economy(...)

Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan, Dutch Finance Minister , President of Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan and French finance minister Michel Sapin at the start of a special Eurogroup Finance ministers meeting on Greek crisis at EU council headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

There will be no immediate budgetary implications for Ireland if a third bailout for Greece is agreed, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said. (...)

Finnish minister Timo Soini: he is no friend of the euro zone’s crisis strategy, saying in April that Greek bailouts were a “pyramid scheme”

Even for weary Brussels crisis watchers who’ve seen it all in the last five years, the weekend twist in the Greek drama was new. Among the reasons rep(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said to have attempted to keep discussions going at fraught times during Saturday evening’s meeting of euro zone finance ministers. File Photograph: EPA

The Irish Government is not aligned with a camp of countries which are open to the option of a Greek exit from the Euro nor a cluster of states advoca(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras faces a battle to contain a rebellion in his Syriza party should he agree a three-day deadline to adopt austerity measures and keep Greece in the euro.  Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras faces an uphill struggle to prevent a rebellion in the Syriza party if he accepts a deadline by Wednesday to adopt(...)

New prime minister Juha Sipilä has appointed his predecessor, Alexander Stubb (above), as finance minister. Photograph: Markku Ojala/EPA

Helsinki has grasped an Irish solution to Finland’s spiralling problems, unveiling plans to cut €6 billion from the budget in a bid to restore econo(...)

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