Christine Lagarde demonstrated leadership during the global financial crisis, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty

Christine Lagarde has picked up support from European countries including Ireland and a one-time rival for a second term as leader of the Internationa(...)

Why all the excitement about the UK economy? Recent data have, it is true, been modestly encouraging and a rebound is certainly under way. Yet thanks (...)