An inflated Euro sign sits in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. Photograph: EPA/Arne Dedert

European shares deliver their biggest weekly gains in more than three years

Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank.  The European Central Bank will purchase 60 bn euros of bonds per month until end September 2016, Draghi announced. Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images

Might of ECB has unleashed Quantitative Easing to fight deflationary spiral

The belated new plan must be seen through the prism of the ECB’s habitual reluctance to engage in such policies and the inevitability of friction with the economic establishment in Germany.  Photograph: Getty Images

Arthur Beesley: Decisive turnaround in euro zone needed to reinforce domestic recovery

ECB chief Mario Draghi said the intervention would continue “until we see a sustained adjustment in the path of inflation which is consistent with our aim”. Photograph: Michael Probst/AP

Quantitative easing expected to benefit Irish exports and tourism and bring more lending

Debut property buyers may get improved deal under specific Central Bank restrictions

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde at Dublin Castle listening to Minister for Finance Micheal Noonan’s address at the IMF conference. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance fears stimulus plan to revive euro economy would be ‘ineffective’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde meet at Government Buildings in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Christine Lagarde says Irish people have made massive efforts and ‘huge sacrifices’

Brian Cowen. The Oireachtas banking inquiry plans to call the former taoiseach to a full hearing in due course, but this will not happen before summer. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Former taoiseach invited early to reply to Central Bank governor’s evidence

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