Cranes next  in the financial district of the City of London. Britain on June 23rd will vote in a referendum whether to stay or to leave the European Union. Photograph: Hannah McKay/EPA

The UK economy lost momentum in the first quarter as services posted their weakest performance for almost a year and industrial production continued (...)

Jose Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) at the London School of Economics where he outlined the economic consequences. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Leaving the European Union would cost the average working Briton the equivalent of a month’s salary by 2020, the Organisation for Economic Co-operati(...)

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic: “I know how to ensure the future of Serbia and how to work hard to get there.” Photograph:  Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic has vowed to accelerate reforms aimed at guiding his country towards European Union membership, after an elect(...)

European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi. A pause in ECB policy may hand the Federal Reserve chair an opportunity to raise interest rates in coming months, by reducing the risk of a sharp rally in the dollar if the policies of the two central banks conspicuously diverged. (Photograph:  Ralph Orlowski/Reuters)

Mario Draghi has opened a door. Janet Yellen has to decide whether she wants to walk through. The European Central Bank president signaled last week(...)

Prime minister   Aleksandar Vucic arrives to cast his ballot at a polling station during elections in Belgrade, Serbia: he called the election two years early in what he described as a bid to secure a strong mandate to push through reforms needed to revitalise Serbia’s moribund economy. Photograph:   Marko Djurica/Reuters

Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic and his Progressive Party are poised to retain power after parliamentary elections that were also expected to(...)

Andy McCue: got more than €3.7 million in salary, benefits and shares in 2015. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Brexit This week marked the first full week of formal campaigning in the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership – and there was wall-to- wall covera(...)

 Prof Suresh Pillai with John Browne, CEO of Kastus Technologies Ltd,  at IT Sligo. Photograph: PA/PA Wire

A new discovery by scientists in Ireland could stem the spread of deadly superbugs that are predicted to kill millions of people worldwide over the co(...)

St Patrick’s Day in London: There are 660,000 Republic-born people living in Britain who will be entitled to vote, plus 1.5 million with varying degrees of Irishness in their identity. Photograph: by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

The UK’s referendum on EU membership matters. It matters a lot, more even than a clutch of elections. Indeed, the potential historic significance of t(...)

US president Barack Obama is expected to voice his opposition to a British exit from the European Union during his visit to Britain beginning on Thursday night. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

US president Barack Obama lunches with Queen Elizabeth on Friday at Windsor Castle and meets prime minister David Cameron, but the focus on his visit (...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB). In a world of negative rates, he currently charges 0.4 per cent on the euros deposited by banks in his coffers overnight. (Photograph: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg

Japanese families seem to have a sudden affinity for home safes. According to the Tokyo-based manufacturer Eiko, shipments have doubled since last fa(...)