Spain announced tough curbs on the short-selling of shares on the Madrid stock exchange on Monday after fears of a second successive summer crisis for the eurozone triggered big falls on the world's financial markets.
Germany's finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, will meet his Spanish counterpart, Luis de Guindos, for crisis talks on Tuesday amid fears that spiralling bond yields in the eurozone's fourth biggest economy will force it to seek a €300bn bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.
Spain's regional woes are expected to weigh on financial markets this week after a second local government in three days asked for state aid, increasing fears that the eurozone's fourth largest economy will be forced to seek a full-blown rescue.
The nephew of Sean Quinn, Ireland's one-time richest man, remains in Northern Ireland after being sentenced to jail for contempt of court in Dublin.
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Spain dragged the eurozone closer to the edge of collapse despite winning the backing of finance ministers from the single currency's major economies for a €100bn (£77.8bn) bank rescue fund.
Protesters took to the streets of 80 Spanish cities on Thursday night after prime minister Mariano Rajoy's People's party (PP) pushed a €65bn (£51bn) austerity package through parliament and the country paid record prices to borrow money from sceptical markets.
The Vatican has scraped through an independent international test of its financial transparency.
European authorities have waded into a brutal political feud transfixing Romania, accusing the prime minister, Victor Ponta, of systematic abuse of the country's constitution and undermining the rule of law in his campaign to unseat the country's president.
Portugal will receive the latest tranche of its €78bn (£61.2bn) bailout, after the International Monetary Fund lauded Lisbon's efforts to tame its deficit and reform its economy.