Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange: the dollar index fell for a fourth day on the latest batch of soft US data, which dampened expectations for US interest rate hikes this year. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Another volatile trading session saw European stocks end the day lower, although the London market rallied and made gains of more than 1 per cent. Fl(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi. The ECB has raised the prospect of further easing as soon as March

The risk of acting too late on ultra-low inflation is greater than that of acting too early, European Central Bank president Mario Draghi said on Thu(...)

Up to 50,000 families could lose their homes over the next two years and a “mortgage time bomb” will explode if the European Central Bank raises interest rates. Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images

Up to 50,000 families could lose their homes over the next two years and a “mortgage time bomb” will explode if the European Central Bank raises inte(...)

The strength of Germany’s labor market augurs resilient domestic demand that should keep underpinning what Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said last week was a “good, stable situation” for the country. (Photograph: BERND SETTNIK/EPA)

Germany’s unemployment rate unexpectedly fell to a record low in January, in a sign that economic sentiment in Europe’s largest economy is withstandi(...)

Volkswagen Financial Services, a bank owned by Volkswagen, in Braunschweig, Germany. Volkswagen Financial Services has helped VW’s growth, but its focus on the company’s cars could endanger profits if the emissions-cheating scandal continues to undercut sales. (Gordon Welters/The New York Times)

Volkswagen is more than just a scandal-plagued automaker. It is also one of Europe’s largest banks, and its loan portfolio appears vulnerable to the (...)

President Michael D Higgins at the launch of On the Importance of Ethics report. Photograph: The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has warned that essential services must not become a political football in the general election campaign. Asked about th(...)

A British flag flutters next to EU flags ahead of  David Cameron’s visit to  Brussels last Friday, Photograph:  EPA/Laurent Dubrule

Three years after Britain’s prime minister David Cameron delivered his “Bloomberg” speech announcing his plan to hold a referendum on Britain’s member(...)

A British Union Jack flag flutters next to European Union flags  at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

European Council president Donald Tusk will table a draft proposal on a new European Union deal for Britain at noon on Tuesday, adding to expectation(...)

The banking inquiry found the ECB issued an explicit threat to Ireland if it proceeded to burn senior bondholders. The warning was issued through a phone call between Michael Noonan andJean-Claude Trichet followed a phone conversation between Enda Kenny and Mr Trichet. File photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been urged to detail the content of his conversation with former European Central Bank president Jean-Claude Trichet about bu(...)

Monday’s batch of economic data from China added to worries about the health of the world’s second-largest economy and only increased calls for more policy easing from China. (Photograph: JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty)

Asian stocks started a new month on a cautious note on Monday, with the Bank of Japan’s surprise policy easing sparking some buying but further signs(...)