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(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble (left) and Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan (right) shake hands across Chinese finance minister Lou Jiwei at the G20 Finance Ministers and Bank Governors gathering at the IMF and World Bank spring meetings in Washington. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has ruled out debt relief for Greece, rebuffing a key demand of the International Monetary Fund even as he w(...)

Yemeni teenagers play soccer in front of a mosque on Socotra Island, Yemen. Concern about poor job prospects was observed in the survey across the Arab world, where one in four 15- to 24-year-olds are jobless – the highest youth unemployment on the planet, according to World Bank. Photograph: Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images

The vast majority of young Arabs are increasingly rejecting Islamic State and believe the extremist group will fail to establish a caliphate, a poll h(...)

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde: “The recovery remains too slow, too fragile, and risks to its durability are increasing.” Photograph: Bloomberg

The International Monetary Fund will sound fresh alarm over the state of the global economy this week when it reveals its latest forecasts for growth (...)

Presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori arrives at the polling station in Lima during Sunday’s general elections. Photograph: Luka Gonzales/AFP/Getty Images

Keiko Fujimori, the conservative daughter of jailed former president Alberto Fujimori, won the first round of Peru’s presidential election on Sunday b(...)

An Oxfam report  claims 51 of the 68 companies lent money by the International Finance Corporation last year for projects in sub-Saharan Africa use tax havens. Photograph:  Farouk Batiche/AFP/Getty Images

Oxfam has criticised the World Bank’s development lending arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), for getting involved in projects with mult(...)

 Brian O’Cathain, Petroceltic CEO. With the company now facing a collapse in energy prices and locked in a feud with an ex- Deutsche Bank trader-turned-activist shareholder, it’s understood that HSBC has sold its loans at about 30 per cent of face value. (Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times)

HSBC is discovering the oil crash extends far beyond the deserts of the Gulf, the plains of west Texas and the shale fields of North Dakota. Even a s(...)

A ‘rearmed’ contra rebel fighter who calls himself Tyson, in the mountains of northern Nicaragua.Violent opposition from small groups of rebels reflects broader anger brewing against President Daniel Ortega. Photograph: Meridith Kohut/New York Times

He calls himself “Tyson”, wears tattered US army fatigues and carries a beat-up AK-47. He is a rebel fighter in the mountains of Nicaragua, setting am(...)

Síofra O’Leary  Judge, European Court of Human Rights Síofra O’Leary is an Irish lawyer who was appointed a judge at the European Court of Hum(...)

The  room in Shanghai where this weekend’s G20 meeting will be held. Photograph: AP

Worries about Chinese economic growth and its impact on the world economy will be on everybody’s minds as finance ministers and central bankers from t(...)