French president Francois Hollande: he took drastic action by overriding parliament to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty

French president François Hollande took drastic action on Tuesday to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms, overriding parliam(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a press conference with British prime minister David Cameron. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

German exports fell sharply in November and industrial output also declined, suggesting Europe’s largest economy ended 2014 on a weak note. Seasonally(...)

epa04465101 Customers use an ATM outside of a branch of Lloyds Bank in London, 26 October 2014. Europe’s banking authorities published the results on 26 October 2014 of a detailed stress test, showing the overall health of bank balance sheets and the ability of the main financial institutions to withstand economic turbulence. The institutions being tested include Germany’s Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank, French lenders BNP Paribas and Societe Generale, British banks Royal Bank of Scotland, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays, and Italy’s Monte dei Paschi di Siena, among others. None of the British banks failed the test, but Lloyds passed narrowly. EPA/HANNAH MCKAY

Italy’s Treasury has not ruled out extending repayment deadlines on hundreds of millions of euros in state aid to help troubled lender Banca Monte dei(...)

Wagon trains of German rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) are seen at a freight railway station in the western city of Hagen . Photograph: Ina Fassbender/Reuters

A second day of weak German data sent European markets into retreat today with stocks, the euro and periphery euro zone government debt all knocked by(...)

A member of staff of chemical group BASF standing in front of the plant installation ‘Steamcracker II’ in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA.

German industrial output posted its biggest monthly increase since March 2012 in July, rising far more than forecast and marking a strong start to the(...)

Carmine Boccuzzi (centre), a lawyer representing Argentina from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, leaves Manhattan federal court in New York. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Argentina has threatened to default on its debt when the government called it “impossible” to pay bond service due on June 30th, citing a US court de(...)

Russian 100 ruble denomination banknotes, commemorating the upcoming Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg

Russia’s economy is barely growing, inflation is rising fast, and capital is pouring out of the country, the economy ministry has said, a sign (...)

An employee stands beside a fork lift truck in front of side panel frames for BMW i3 battery-powered automobiles, manufactured by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, at the company’s factory in Leipzig, Germany. Photograph: : Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

German industrial production rebounded in August, adding to signs that Europe’s largest economy is benefitting from the euro area’s recovery. Output, (...)

The German economy is likely to have expanded significantly between April and June, helped by higher private consumption and investment in constructio(...)

German factory orders unexpectedly declined for a second month in MayPhotograph: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg.

German factory orders unexpectedly declined for a second month in May in a sign that the euro area’s struggle to emerge from its longest-ever recessio(...)