The KfW has agreed to use its AAA-rating to raise €150 million at competitive rates on financial markets and pass this global loan on to Ireland’s strategic banking corporation. Photograph: Axel Seidemann/Bloomberg

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble arrives in Dublin today to sign off on commitment from KfW

Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland to launch at special signing ceremony in Dublin today attended by  German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble. Photograph: Eric Luke

Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland launches in Dublin

Ministers for finance in Berlin yesterday at the signing of the international agreement on automated exchange of tax data. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

Noonan praises agreement that will force banks to exchange information

Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said he had received “very positive feedback” on the budgetary changes in meetings with US companies.

Bruton says US multinationals will advise Government on ‘knowledge box’ tax scheme

Syrian Kurd refugees pass a child to waiting hands on the Turkish side of the border, just west of Kobani in Syria. Photograph: Bryan Denton/The New York Times

Neighbouring countries tell delegates in Berlin financial support is not enough

Containers are loaded onto a container ship at a shipping terminal in the harbour in Hamburg. German business confidence continues to decline. Photograph: Reuters/Fabian Bimmer

Survey of managers revealed deep pessimism about the economy

Opening of René Böll exhibition ‘Cillíní – Graveyards of Unbaptised Children on Achill Island’ in Berlin. Photograph: Landesmuseum Bonn

Painter René Böll, whose father’s travelogue inspired by Achill is well-known in Germany, has unveiled an exploration of the isla(...)

German MPs gave the go-head for the Government’s IMF loan plan  Photograph: Bloomberg

Bundestag demand came as German MPs backed Government’s loan repayment plan

Incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: sounding out EU leaders on tapping the ESM bailout fund to finance a €300 billion stimulus programme for struggling EU economies. Photograph: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg

Paris set for battle over failure to meet deficit targets set by European Commission

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