If ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet’s letter of November 19th is released, will it have been worth the wait? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Almost four years after Ireland bowed to the pressure of rising bond yields and crumbling investor confidence and succumbed to an EU-IMF rescue, it ap(...)

The ECB’s policymaking Governing Council could discuss the possibility of making corporate bond purchases at its December meeting. Photograph:  FRANK RUMPENHORST/EPA

The European Central Bank is considering buying corporate bonds on the secondary market and may decide on the matter as soon as December with a view t(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi

German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Central Bank president Mario Draghi aren’t blinking yet. The longest losing streak in European stocks in (...)

German factory orders plunged the most since 2009, underlining the risk of a slowdown in Europe’s largest economy. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Bloomberg

German factory orders plunged the most since 2009, underlining the risk of a slowdown in Europe’s largest economy. Orders, adjusted for seasonal swing(...)

Mr Draghi has called on euro zone governments to do their part to boost confidence by implementing structural reforms

The European Central Bank laid out plans on Thursday to buy rebundled packets of debt within weeks to shore up the flagging euro zone economy and its (...)

Joe Higgins TD called for amendment on what the inquiry will cover and had it accepted. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Dáil and Seanad are expected to debate the finalised terms of reference for the banking inquiry next month after the 11-member committee signed o(...)

As president of the European Central Bank from 2003 to 2011, Jean-Claude Trichet played a central role in the Irish bailout. Photograph: Hannelore Foerster/Bloomberg

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank will discuss the question of Jean-Claude Trichet’s appearance before the Irish banking inquiry i(...)

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(...)

Core annual inflation - excluding energy, food, alcohol and tobacco - rose by 0.8 per cent year-on-year in June

Euro zone inflation in June was flat, official data showed on Monday, easing immediate pressure on the European Central Bank to act again soon to tack(...)

The May lending data would not have been influenced by new measures introduced by the ECB.

Lending to households and firms in the euro zone contracted more sharply in May than a month earlier, highlighting the economic weakness that the ECB(...)