Christine Lagarde demonstrated leadership during the global financial crisis, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/Getty

Christine Lagarde has picked up support from European countries including Ireland and a one-time rival for a second term as leader of the Internationa(...)

 Ajai Chopra: “We didn’t win that battle, but let me put it this way: the ECB wanted something that was much, much more harsh than what was finally agreed.” Photograph by Matt Kavanagh   15/04/2011                -  News  -At the European Commission (EU), European Central Bank (ECB), and International Monetary Fund (IMF) presentation of the first quarterly review of the government's economic programme in Dublin. -  Ajai Chopra Deputy Director at the European Department of the International Monetary Fund.    Photograph by Matt Kavanagh FILE IMAGES...

Five years after the Irish bailout negotiations, Ajai Chopra, the man who became the public face of the financial fix-it team sent to Dublin, sits in (...)

A man walks past an advertisement promoting yuan,  dollar and euro exchange services in Hong Kong.

Raising interest rates is always harder than cutting them. When investors are bleeding and workers fear the chop, promises of cheap money sound like t(...)

 Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras leaves by car after attending an emergency meeting with the heads of the three creditor institutions in Brussels. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Greece has failed to agree to the latest creditors’ proposal aimed at ending the Greek impasse, the head of the eurogroup has confirmed. The finance (...)

 Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, at his office in Palo Alto in May, 2005. Facebook and several other technology giants have been swept up in the antitrust fervor in Europe that seems to have hit fever pitch. Photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

With this month’s announcement that the European Union is investigating Amazon for possible anti-competitive behaviour in the sale of ebooks, antitrus(...)

Oliver Blanchard was behind many of the IMF’s policy shifts in recent years in response to lessons from the crisis

The International Monetary Fund has said its chief economist Olivier Blanchard is retiring from the IMF, and the search for his replacement would begi(...)

Protesters, many against the so-called fast track trade authority of the TTP trade agreement, rally outside a hotel where US President Barack Obama held a meeting in Portland, Oregon last week. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Should proposed US plurilateral trade agreements be welcomed? This is a big question, not least for those who consider the liberalisation of world tra(...)

An elderly woman reacts as her acquaintances board a bus to flee due to a military conflict in Debaltseve, Ukraine. The IMF is seeking to negotiate a new multiyear extended fund facility with the troubled country. Photograph: Sergey Polezhaka /Reuters

The West does not like to think it is at war with Russia. Yet the Russian government seems to think it is at war with the West. For President Vladimir(...)

People attend a rally in Moscow to support the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea to Russia. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

‘A far-off country of which we know little” was Neville Chamberlain’s argument for doing nothing about Hitler’s 1938 annexation of Czechoslovak(...)

Why all the excitement about the UK economy? Recent data have, it is true, been modestly encouraging and a rebound is certainly under way. Yet thanks (...)