President of Ireland Michael Higgins and his wife, Sabina, visit an olive grove near Corinth during his official visit to Greece in February last year. Photograph: Valerie Gache/AFP via Getty

“You are so lucky to have such an honest president.” Greece loves President Michael D Higgins. He impressed Athens during his state visit here last ye(...)

President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis (left) welcomes  new Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras in Nicosia on Monday. The euro zone “would be maimed without Greece and Cyprus”, said Mr Tsipras.  Photograph: Katia Christodoulou/EPA

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras has told Greek Cypriots that the dissolution of the troika would serve the interests of both Greece and Cypr(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian prime minister Enrico Letta inspect a guard of honour during a welcome ceremony outside the Chancellery in Berlin yesterday. Photograph:Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Italy’s new prime minister Enrico Letta has called on European leaders to devote(...)

A crowd waits for a branch of Cyprus Bank to open in Nicosia, Cyprus, yesterday, after almost two weeks of closure. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/The New York Times

Patience and perseverance rather than panic marked the sorrowful opening of Cypriot banks at noon yesterday after a 10-day holiday. President N(...)

A protester atop the fence at the presidential palace during an anti-bailout rally in Nicosia yesterday. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Michael Jansen The chief executive and board members of the Bank of Cyprus and Laiki Bank, the country’s two largest, were dismissed y(...)

Cypriots gather for Mass at an Orthodox church in Nicosia yesterday. Talks between the the International Monetary Fund and European Union continued as the country sought to agree terms to a bailout for its ailing banking sector. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Some Cypriots went to church to pray, others gathered in cafes as Brussels decided the fate of their economy and country. Traffic was li(...)

People eat at a restaurant under a banner placed by the owner in central Nicosia. The banner reads, ‘My proud Cyprus with the big No’. Photograph: Reuters

Cypriot banks will remain closed until Tuesday, the government confirmed yesterday, as emergency talks on a new bailout proposal ended last night w(...)

People eat at a restaurant under a banner placed by the owner in central Nicosia. The banner reads: “My proud Cyprus with the big No.”

Cyprus is buzzing with conspiracy theories over why its Eu ropean partners and the International Monetary Fund are adopting a hard line over th(...)

Cyprus president Nicos Anastasiades prepares to chair a meeting with party leaders at the presidential palace in Nicosia yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

The Cypriot parliament is meeting tonight to vote on a yet to be finalised Plan B to stave off bankruptcy and economic disaster. Preside(...)

People wait to use the ATM machines outside a Laiki Bank branch in the Cypriot capital  Nicosia yesterday. Photograph: Petros Karadjias

The Cypriot parliament will hold an emergency debate this afternoon on the terms of Cyprus ’s bailout deal amid mountin(...)