A referendum campaign poster that reads ‘Yes (Nai)’ is seen on a bus stop with a graffiti that reads ‘No (Oxi)’ painted on it in Athens, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Supporters of Greece’s bailout terms have taken a wafer-thin lead over the ‘No’ vote backed by the leftist government, 48 hours before a referendum(...)

Denis O’Brien: old hand at the debt game. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

As Ireland struggled to recover from the crash, bond guru Michael Hasenstab of Franklin Templeton snapped up billions of euro worth of the State’s bon(...)

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras. Mr Tsipras warned international lenders not to impose ‘humiliating’ terms on Greece. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

A defiant Alexis Tsipras has told the Greek parliament that proposals presented to Greece by international lenders are “unrealistic” and represent (...)

More than four months after a Syriza-led government swept to power in Athens, Greece is facing a cash-crunch as negotiations with EU and IMF lenders about a fresh reform package have foundered.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke to Russian president Vladimir Putin by phone on Friday, less than 24 hours after Greece announced the postpo(...)

Mixing tequila and Irish whiskey appears to go down well with bondholders. JB & Cia, the 250-year-old Mexican owner of Jose Cuervo, sold $500 mill(...)

Fitch said the business transformation and stabilising revenue outlook in Eircom  “is a significant achievement in a sector where top-line declines and margin pressure remain a risk. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

Ratings agency Fitch has upgraded Eircom’s default rating to B, and given it a stable outlook.The “B” rating indicates “that material default risk is (...)

President Shinzo Abe’s decision to delay a sales tax hike to 10 per cent  has made it difficult to eliminate the primary budget deficit in fiscal 2020

Fitch Ratings downgraded Japan’s credit rating by one notch after the government failed to take steps in this fiscal year’s budget to offset a delay i(...)

Fitch said that the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing programme is likely to support home price recovery, “partially offsetting the impact of the new mortgage lending regulation”. (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / The Irish Times)

The Central Bank’s new mortgage lending rules will likely lower credit growth, but will only have a “limited impact” on home price recovery, rating(...)

Unemployment will fall below 10 per cent next year as the Republic’s economy continues growing, according to ratings agency Fitch.

Unemployment will fall below 10 per cent next year as the Republic’s economy continues growing, according to a multinational agency that rates countri(...)

Bangladeshi labourers:  while Bangladesh is one of the world’s poorest countries its  gross domestic product grew 6.1 per cent in 2014. Photograph:  Munir uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images

Bangladesh, one of the world’s poorest countries, is not necessarily a place you would think of when exploring future possibilities in south Asia. In (...)