Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), speaks during a news conference at the bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt. Photographer: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

European markets cautiously set aside warnings that Russia’s conflict with Ukraine was sliding out of control today, as investors focused on the Europ(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls at the Socialist Party’s summer school in La Rochelle yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Stephane Mahe

French prime minister Manuel Valls called for more action from the European Central Bank to lower the value of the euro, amid concerns the 18-nation z(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank: his comments are  his most explicit yet on what would prompt action by the central bank. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

ECB president Mario Draghi said the European Central Bank might start broad-based asset purchases if the inflation outlook worsens, as he prepa(...)

German economists said that ECB bond-buying to stabilise crisis euro countries – over €200 billion and counting – had put the bank in a legal “grey area”

Frankfurt’s two central banks, the European Central Bank and the Bundesbank, clashed yesterday over whether the ECB needs tighter rules for its euro c(...)

The ECB is concerned that banks are not lending to smaller businesses in the euro zone periphery. Photograph: Bloomberg

The European Central Bank can only do so much to bolster lending to small- and medium-sized firms, ECB policymaker Benoit Coeure said today as(...)

Women withdraw money from ATMs at a branch of the Bank of Cyprus at Eleftheria square in Nicosia, Cyprus. The bailout crisis had raised the possibility of an ECB interest rate cut. Photograph: Bogdan Cristel/Reuters

The European Central Bank yesterday kept interest rates at a record low of 0.75 per cent but stressed that it “stands ready t(...)