German airline Lufthansa passenger planes on the tarmac at Frankfurt. Photograph: Boris Roessler/EPA

German investor confidence dropped to the weakest in 21 months amid increasing political tension in Europe, even as the European Central Bank steps up(...)

Mario Draghi: Several commentators said his action  postpones a divisive debate about launching an all-out programme to buy government bonds or quantitative easing. Photograph: EPA/Frank Rumpenhorst

Irish bond yields sank to fresh lows yesterday as global markets digested the impact of Europe’s latest monetary stimulus. The European Central Bank’s(...)

Mortgage holders got a boost yesterday, when the European Central Bank cut interest rates to a record low of 0.05 per cent in an effort to kick-start the ailing euro zone economy. Photograph: Getty

Mortgage holders got a boost yesterday, when the European Central Bank cut interest rates to a record low of 0.05 per cent in an effort to kick-start (...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) sits in the ‘Haupstadtstudio’ of German television station ARD. Data released this morning shows that German business confidence declined for a fourth month in August, reflecting a faltering euro-area economy that European Central Bank President Mario Draghi says might need more stimulus. Photograph: STEPHANIE PILICK/EPA

German business confidence declined for a fourth month, reflecting a faltering euro-area economy that European Central Bank President Mario Draghi say(...)

The euro zone economy is expected grow more slowly than initially expected during the rest of this year as conflicts in Ukraine and elsewhere weigh on(...)

Brian Hayes MEP:  agitated about the Republic’s potential loss of its franchise at  the governing council of the ECB. Photograph: Alan Betson

Newly-minted MEP Brian Hayes became agitated at the weekend about the Republic’s potential loss of its franchise at the euro zone’s top interest-rate-(...)

It is surely not beyond the wit of Brussels to devise policies that boost regional capital spending while keeping a lid on the more fiscally irresponsible ambitions of local politicians. Photograph: Reuters

Mixed messages from economic data are nothing new. Anyone looking for a steer from the most recent run of numbers will be forgiven for being confused.(...)

Germany’s hawkish Bundesbank has changed its tune on salary increases, urging unions to be more – not less – ambitious in looming pay talks, to help combat the risk of deflation in the euro zone. Photograph: AP

Germany’s hawkish Bundesbank has changed its tune on salary increases, urging unions to be more – not less – ambitious in looming pay talks, to hel(...)

Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann cited a litany of long-term dangers from easy money after the ECB cut interest rates to record lows last month

Germany’s finance minister and central bank chief on Friday pressed euro zone governments to pass reforms to shape up their economies rather than rely(...)

An employee works on the halogen light production line at the Royal Philips NV automotive lighting factory in Aachen, Germany. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

German investor confidence declined for a seventh month in July as slower growth and geopolitical risks weighed on the outlook for Europe’s largest ec(...)