Joan Burton said Irish people were sympathetic to Greece, reflected in their €350 million contribution to its EU/IMF programme, but that Ireland wanted to see more progress on tackling corruption and boosting tax revenue. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton has called on Greece to make credible progress in boosting the tax take and fighting corruption before it receives the final €7 b(...)

Chancellor George Osborne speaks at a conference in Birmingham. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Inflation fell to zero last month setting the UK on course for a period of falling prices for the first time in half a century. The Consumer Price Ind(...)

Try to imagine what an executive of a tech or pharmaceutical company would think of a country with a Sinn Féin taxation system

‘You campaign in poetry, govern in prose,” a saying attributed to the late US politician Mario Cuomo, captures the idea that most politicians will say(...)

Banks such as Barclays received heavy fines after it emerged that the Libor had been rigged. Photograph: Bloomberberg

The Bank of England said on Wednesday it aims to introduce next year an alternative to the discredited Libor interest rate at the centre of a rigging (...)

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne  holds his red despatch box containing the budget outside 11 Downing street, Westminster. Photograph: PA/Will Oliver

The British chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne lowered his target for a future budget surplus and announced higher economic growth forecast(...)

Bank of England governor Mark Carney (above) said on Tuesday  it would be “extremely foolish” to use more monetary stimulus to fight a temporary plunge in UK inflation caused by declining oil prices. The Bank of England has previously said it expects its next policy move to be a hike in interest rates from their current historic lows, which investors are betting will come early next year. File photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Sterling hit a seven-year high against the euro on Tuesday as traders bet on a divergent monetary policy path between the euro zone, where a €1.1 tril(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Prof Peter Bofinger (second left) at a presentation of a report by Germany’s “five wise men” who advise the federal government on economic affairs. Also pictured is Sigmar Gabriel (left), vice-chancellor and minister for economic affairs, and the chairman of the German Council of Economic Experts Christoph M Schmidt (right). Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Life in Germany can be lonely if you’re Peter Bofinger. To paraphrase Little Britain, he’s the only Keynesian in the village.The 50-year-old economist(...)

Barclays’  chief executive  Antony Jenkins: “We have made very good progress. The bonus is recognition of that and I decided to accept it on this occasion.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

In the City, it’s known as “the L’Oréal moment” – when a boss decides to take the bonus his board has offered “because I’m worth it”.Barclays boss Ant(...)

Blurred London bus passes the Bank of England in a hurry:  Patience involves planning for the future: in economic terms it leads to saving and capital investment. Without patience there is no investment and no growth.   Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

It is almost impossible to put the words “interesting” and “chief economist” into a sentence that makes any sense. One exception involves Andy Haldane(...)

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