Alexis Tsipras

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Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (r) and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Andrea Bonetti/EPA

The New York Review of Books recently carried a conversation between two American philosophers who concluded that everything we can see and do is inde(...)

Yanis Varoufakis’s motto was “If you cannot imagine walking out of a negotiation, you should not enter it.” In the end, he was thrown out for trying to discuss the emperor’s new clothes. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

It is inconceivable that an Irish finance minister would resign on a question of principle. But Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister from Janu(...)

Riot outside the Greek parliament in Athens on Thursday.  Photograph: Costas Baltas/Reuters

Greek’s parliament has approved pension cuts and tax hikes sought by the country’s lenders to unlock vital financial aid. As the measures were passed(...)

 Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has reversed the policies he voiced in opposition. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi

If the function of a parliamentary opposition is to express “loyal dissent”, then many would see the current Syriza-led government of Alexis Tsipras a(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping, Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin   during the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. Photograph: Reuters

China’s new Silk Road initiative will bring countries together and establish Beijing as a champion of globalisation, president Xi Jinping said, fillin(...)

Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem: does not intend to resign.

Greece and its international lenders agreed on Friday on the key elements of reforms to unlock new funds, and experts will now put finishing touches o(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. Photograph: Alessandro di Meo/EPA

A new rift between Athens and the International Monetary Fund over pensions and labour reforms has dealt a blow to an initial accord, dashing hopes fo(...)

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron: illusory hope? Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

The French presidential election in April and May will have profound repercussions for the future of the French left and the very concept of social d(...)

A blockade by Greek farmers this week at the Greek-Macedonian border. Photograph: Giannis Papanikos/AP

In the week of Groundhog Day, it seemed entirely appropriate: Greek farmers, many on tractors, have once again been blockading roads and border posts (...)

Greek 10-year government bond yields surged more than 30 basis points to 7 per cent after the suspension, their highest level in three weeks, while Athens’s benchmark stock index fell 3.5 per cent

European bailout monitors have suspended planned debt-relief measures for Greece in response to a surprise move by Athens to spend an extra €600 milli(...)

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