A protest march against water charges on O’Connell Street, Dublin. The year started off badly for Irish Water and got worse. Photograph: Eric Luke

(...) international markets slumped to four-year lows. From July until December, the price of a barrel of oil fell by(...)

PTSB Group chief executive Jeremy Masding at the Permanent TSB headquarters after the publication of pan-European stress tests by the European Central Bank.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

(...) within the bank that 2015 might be too early to return AIB to capital markets. A lot of work remains to(...)

Indonesia AirAsia is 49 percent owned by Malaysia-based AirAsia Bhd, with local investors holding the rest. Photoigraph: Getty Images

(...) signs of over capacity in some Southeast Asian markets.Reuters(...)

Young people left behind

Younger people were one of the groups hardest hit by the downturn in the jobs markets, with a big(...)

We have to teach people to cook food from scratch, and teach them young. Photograph: Thinkstock

(...) will surely see the arrival of a phalanx of dedicated food officers, co-ordinating markets, organising(...)

A boy thows an egg at an image of Vladimir Putin in Kiev in May. Photographs: Sergey Gapon/AFP/Getty

(...) prices to send the rouble and Moscow’s stock markets plummeting in value. In his state(...)

An employee looks out over an oil refinery  in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The drop in oil prices is driving a sharp recession in the country. Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

(...) withdrawals, heaping pressure on a vulnerable banking sector whose access to international capital markets has(...)

Residents of Bucharest protect themselves from  crossfire between an army tank and pro-Ceausescu troops during clashes in the Republican square in Bucharest on December 23rd, 1989. Photograph: Reuters

(...) parties would spring up and begin the country’s transition towards democracy, free markets and civil(...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked his cabinet ministers to not take holidays this New Year as Russia prepares for recession. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Reuters

(...) operations.Many Russian companies have been locked out of western capital markets after the sanctions imposed(...)

Russian mid-sized lender Trust Bank is to receive up to 30 billion roubles ($530 million) from the central bank to stop it going bankrupt in the first bailout of its kind during the current rouble crisis.

(...) sector whose access to international capital markets had already been restricted by Western sanctions(...)