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Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and prime minister Alexis Tsipras:  the expectation they will request a loan extension on the basis of the so-called Moscovici plan means the eurogroup,  not the European Commission, will be blamed if the plan is rejected. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Another sorry chapter in the euro zone crisis unfolded this week in Brussels as Greece and its international creditors lurched from one meeting to ano(...)

Protesters gather in front of the parliament during an anti-austerity and pro-government demonstration in Athens on Sunday. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

The European Central Bank is unlikely to pull the plug on emergency funding for Greek banks this week despite a standoff between Athens and its intern(...)

Yanis Varoufakis: we followed with amazement how the Greek finance minister staged a grand European tour like a rock star. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

The first two weeks after Syriza’s victory in the Greek elections had the effect I feared. A sceptical northern European public was converted into a h(...)

Michael Noonan: in Brussels attending the meeting of euro zone finance ministers. Photograph: The Irish Times

A crunch meeting on Greece between euro zone finance ministers broke up in disarray early this morning as the standoff between the country and its cre(...)

International Monetary Fund  managing director Christine Lagarde with Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis at an extraordinary euro zone finance ministers’ meeting in Brussels last night. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Germany has urged Greece to follow Ireland’s example in how it retooled its bailout programme after the last general election rather than trying to r(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said he looked forward to hearing directly from the Greek finance minister.

The Government has made no decision on seeking a concession for Ireland should Greece’s debt be renegotiated, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has (...)

Greece’s new leftist finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (R) talks with Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras in the parliament in Athens. Photograph: Panayiotis Tzamaros/Reuters

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will not agree to anything at a meeting with euro zone partners next week that keeps Greece’s current interna(...)

Portugal’s prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho. He said Greece must “respect its commitments” and comply with European rules like everyone else. Photograph:  Reuters/Rafael Marchante

Taoiseach Enda Kenny travels to Brussels tomorrow for meetings with the head of the European Commission and European Council amid increasing signs th(...)

The European Central Bank has banned the use of Greek government debt as collateral for loans, in a sign of intensifying tensions between Athens an(...)

French President Francois Hollande (right) greets Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. Yoan Valat/EPA

Greece’s new leftist government appealed to the European Central Bank on Wednesday to keep its banks afloat and vowed to respect European Union rul(...)

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