Protesters in Thessaloniki hold banners reading “Mayor, you are destroying your own city”. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP via Getty

I recently posted three parcels at the local post office, one each to Ireland, Czech Republic and the Netherlands. “All at the Europe rate,” I said. T(...)

Newspaper headlines show the results of Greece’s referendum, in Athens, on July 6th. Photograph: Getty Images

After a briefest of campaigns that lasted just eight days, Greeks voted by a huge margin to back their prime minister and government in Sunday’s hasti(...)

A woman walks past posters in Athens stating “No” ahead of Sunday’s referendum.  Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty

After days of turmoil, things have turned relatively quiet in Brussels as focus turns to Sunday’s referendum in Greece. The Wednesday decision by the(...)

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras. The left-wing government he leads is raising important questions about Greece’s relationship with the rest of Europe. Photograph: Pantelis Saitas/EPA

Last month I attended a conference in Athens on music and national identity. There have been three in five years. We should have them in Ireland. Cre(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern speaking in the Dail.

The pensions paid to former taoisigh Brian Cowen and Bertie Ahern rank among the highest in Europe, according to data compiled by (...)