Germany’s Social Democratic Party is pressing for the German parliament, the Bundestag (above), to block Ireland’s plans for an early repayment of bailout loans totalling €5.5 billion. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

After a starring role in the Paradise Papers, Ireland will next week face attempts in Berlin to extend its stay in financial purgatory. Germany’s Soc(...)

Dr Merkel’s support will be crucial if final Brexit treaty is to carry over provisions in Belfast Agreement that allow Northern Ireland’s accession to EU in case of Irish unity. Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

Leading German politicians say Ireland’s specific Brexit concerns will play “a prominent role” in upcoming EU talks with London. Taoiseach Enda Kenny(...)

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras looks on after speaking to legislators at the arliamentary vote  in Athens, Greece, on Thursday.  Photographer: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Bailout negotiators are due to return to Athens to start talks on a massive new rescue package after Greece’s parliament approved tough new conditions(...)

Klaus Regling: as director of the ESM he helps manage the bailout programme and loans. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Ahead of tomorrow’s referendum uncertainties abound over whether Greece will apply for a third bailout, what it would look like and, most importantly,(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble says ‘that anything should happen now is really ruled out’. Photograph: Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble - looking like he’d aged a decade in a week - summed up the latest twist in the Greek crisis on the evening (...)