US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen during her monthly news conference yesterday in Washington, DC. US stocks advanced yesterday, sending the S&P 500 Index above a record closing level, after the Fed pledged to keep borrowing costs low for a “considerable time” after its asset-purchase programme ends. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Hopes that the world’s central bankers will continue to support economic recovery gave European markets their first lift in nine days yesterday. (...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls addresses  the National Assembly in Paris yesterday. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/PA

Prime minister Manuel Valls survived a confidence vote in the National Assembly yesterday by 269 votes for his government, compared to 244 votes again(...)

Arriving in Brussels last Saturday ahead of a summit to choose the next head of the European Council, Taoiseach Enda Kenny was unequivocal about the m(...)

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(...)

Fuzzy policies: François Hollande speaks in the rain this week. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

François Hollande loves historic commemorations so much that he’s already made 25 speeches about the two World Wars. As his government collapsed la(...)

French president François:  has gone from saying ‘finance is the enemy’ during the 2012 presidential campaign to espousing supply-side economics. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

France’s rebel economy minister Arnaud Montebourg was replaced yesterday in the new government by Emmanuel Macron (36), the outgoing deputy secretary (...)

For the second time in four months French President François Hollande has reshuffled his Socialist government, this time in response to a cabinet spli(...)

French president Francois Hollande watches as prime minister Manuel Valls leaves after their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris yesterday. Photograph: John Schults/Reuters

By dissolving his government yesterday, for the second time, French president François Hollande salvaged his authority and cut short criticism of his (...)

Arnaud Montebourg: said France “must raise its voice” with Germany. Photograph: EPA/Etienne Laurent

President Francois Hollande was yesterday plunged into the greatest political crisis of his presidency when the French government collapsed followin(...)