The ECB is due to begin supervising the euro zone’s biggest banks in a week’s time in a major shift of power away from national supervisors to a pan-European regulator

in Frankfurt Eleven banks must submit plans to the European Central Bank within the next fortnight outlining how they will meet a collective shortfal(...)

After putting the euro zone’s top 130 banks through their paces, the European Central Bank will face a test of its own today - will its landmark health check succeed in convincing investors the region’s lenders are safe? Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

After putting the euro zone’s top 130 banks through their paces, the European Central Bank will face a test of its own today - will its landmark heal(...)

 Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is battling for fitness ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match at Liverpool after the club announced he is suffering from a buttock muscle injury.  Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is battling for fitness ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League match at Liverpool after the club announced he is suffer(...)

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann: challenged Cypriot central bank governor Panicos Demetriades on the value of collateral pledged by Cyprus Popular Bank. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters

Secret minutes of the European Central Bank’s policy deliberations have been leaked for the first time in its history, with the security breach sheddi(...)

Graziano Pelle of Italy celebrates after scoring against Malta at Ta’ Qali Stadium  in Valletta. Photograph:   Claudio Villa/Getty Images

The Netherlands’ poor start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign continued on Monday evening as a Gylfi Sigurdsson brace earned Iceland a 2-0 victory (...)

Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann warned  there was a danger the ECB would buy “low-quality loan securitisations” at inflated prices as part of its programme to buy so-called asset-backed securities.

The European Central Bank’s plans to buy rebundled packages of debt have drawn sharp criticism from officials in Germany, including the head of the B(...)

Alan Henning:  former taxi driver was kidnapped last December in Syria by Islamic State militants. Photograph: PA

The widow of British aid worker Alan Henning said his family and friends were “numb with grief” after receiving the news that he had been murdered by (...)

The 2009 The Girls of Ryanair Calendar. Michael O’Leary says new Ryanair “family friendly” love does not involve inviting paying customers to ogle scantily clad staff for charity. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Ryanair calendar’s dead and gone. Unlike O’Leary, it’s in the grave. “Ryanair’s ‘Offensive and Sexist’ Bikini Girl Cabin Crew Calendar Scrapped” s(...)

Two RAF Tornado jets assisted Kurdish troops in north-west Iraq who were under attack from IS militants. Photograph: Neil Bryden/EPA

British Royal Air Force warplanes struck Islamic State targets in Iraq today for the first time since the government approved military action against(...)

 British tornado fighter jets prepare for takeoff at RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus today. The British ministry of defence has confirmed that Royal Air Force jets have flown from RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus following yesterday’s parliamentary approval. Photograph: EPA

Two British fighter jets are flying over Iraq and ready to hit targets today, their first mission since parliament authorised strikes against Islamic (...)