Former Canadian finance minister Jim Flaherty pictured in Dublin last summer. Mr Flaherty died yesterday aged 64. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Former Canadian finance minister Jim Flaherty has died, just one month after stepping down from the position he held since 2006. Mr Flaherty, w(...)

 Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper: twitter criticism for photo opportunity. Photograph: Peter Muhly PA/Getty Images)

The North was in the global spotlight yesterday as media around the world gave extensive coverage to the first day of the G8 summit at Lough Erne. Wh(...)

[From left] German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble, British chancellor George Osborne, IMF managing director  Christine Lagarde and Canada’s finance minister Jim Flaherty at the Global Investment Conference 2013 in London. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble signalled support for an easing of Europe’s austerity drive as he prepared to face pressure from glob(...)

European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn speaks during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels earlier this month. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The euro zone will slow its budgetary belt-tightening to help reinvigorate economic growth, EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli (...)