Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  at Centro Congressi MIco in Milan yesterday. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

EU finance ministers have backed Ireland’s bid to repay its IMF loans early, in a deal that will begin to generate savings for the exchequer before th(...)

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The euro has been a disaster. No other word will do. A project intended to strengthen solidarity, bring prosperity and weaken German economic dominati(...)

 Nick Corcoran (left) and Nigel McDermott of Cardinal Capital in Residence on Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

The spectacular Gherkin building is the perfect place to look out on London’s financial world, from the City’s investment banks directly below it to M(...)

Brendan Howlin says political agreement could be reached at the informal finance ministers’ meeting in Milan this week.

Ireland has won German backing to refinance part of its bailout loans, according to Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin. Speaking to report(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble speaks during the budget debate in the Bundestag in Berlin. Photograph:Reuters

Finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Germany would not take on new debt next year for the first time since 1969, underlining the robustness of th(...)

Draghi makes his move

The European Central Bank’s (ECB) decision to cut interest rates and to buy private sector loans is a belated move to reduce the risk of deflation in (...)

Ukrainian servicemen ride in an armoured vehicle near Kramatorsk today. Russian troops are strengthening their positions in eastern Ukraine and using aid shipments to smuggle in arms and other supplies to separatist forces, Kiev’s military said. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters.

European officials have proposed sweeping new sanctions to starve Russia’s companies of capital and technology as punishment for Moscow’s interventio(...)

 IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been placed under official investigation by French Magistrates for her alleged role in a corruption probe. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has confirmed she is under official investigation for negligence in a French corruption probe that(...)

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott in May introduced the toughest budget in almost two decades, warning that the economic situation was an “emergency”. Photograph: Daniel Munoz/EPA

After 23 years of continuous growth, and being the only developed country to avoid recession in that time, there is a feeling in some corners that (...)

Reports have suggested that US banks are considering moving their European headquarters from London to Dublin, due to concerns that Britain might exit the European Union, the so-called “Brexit”. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

By this time of year, wealthy bankers in the City of London have usually jetted off to their summer holiday destinations. Tuscany, Provence and the(...)