Financial shocks coming from weak euro zone countries are three times more likely to destabilise the region’s economies than shocks from richer countries, according to new research. Photograph:  Michael Dalder/Reuter

Financial shocks coming from weak euro zone countries are three times more likely to destabilise the region’s economies than shocks from richer(...)

Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter said "Austria is sticking to bank secrecy. We fight tax evasion and money laundering.” Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Austria will keep its banking secrecy laws and resist pressure from European leaders to reveal information about account holders, Austrian Fina(...)

Ireland’s 0-0 draw with Sweden in the Friends Arena last month helped them rise one place in the Fifa rankings. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland moved up a place to 39th in the latest Fifa world rankings following World Cup qualifying draws against Austria and Sw(...)

Luxembourg finance minister Luc Frieden said there is an international trend towards automatically exchanging depositor information. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Luxembourg is prepared to ease its banking secrecy rules and work more closely with foreign tax authorities, its finance minister has told a ne(...)

 Denise Rich:  a songwriter whose ex-husband, the oil trader Marc Rich, was pardoned by Clinton as he left office in 2001, over tax evasion and racketeering charges. She had $144 million in April 2006 in the trust in the Cook Islands plus a yacht called the Lady Joy. Photograph:  Bebeto Matthews/AP

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Slovenian finance minister Uros Cufer said his country does not need help. "We will need no bailout this year," he said. "I am calm." Photograph: Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

Slovenia will not be the next euro member to need a financial rescue as it can afford to wait for lower borrowing costs before issuing new debt(...)

Shocked Republic of Ireland fans after Austria equalised just before the final whistle during the Republic of Ireland v Austria World Cup qualification game. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It wasn't quite The Sound of Music ,not least becuse of the unhappy ending. But apparently i(...)

Team Ireland: can beat Austria at the Aviva

My first ever international as a supporter was a glorious 3-2 win over Austria in October, 1963. Well, at least that’s how I remember that magi(...)

Conor Sammon (left) has been selected to lead the line for the Republic of Ireland against Austria at the Aviva Stadium tonight.

A good many of those who are liable to be critical of Ireland ’s regular captain might wonder a little more about the wisdom of wishing him awa(...)

A protester shouts at policemen during a protest by employees of Cyprus Popular Bank outside the parliament in Nicosia yesterday. The Cypriot central bank denied reports and frantic rumours  that stricken Cyprus Popular Bank, the island’s second-largest lender, is to be closed down. Photograph: Andreas Manolis/Reuters

Euro zone finance officials acknowledged being “in a mess” over Cyprus during a teleconference call on Wednesday, and discussed imposing capita(...)