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German economy minister Peter Altmaier launching the national industry strategy for 2030 in Berlin on Tuesday. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Peter Altmaier, Germany’s economy minister, has called for the creation of a state investment fund that would step in to pre-empt foreign takeovers of(...)

Trade between China and Ireland is currently at record levels. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

In Dublin’s gossipy stockbroking community, it was a wonder that the talks were kept under wraps for so long. It emerged in early February that Goodb(...)

President of the German Constitutional Court  Andreas Vosskuhle: court has asked the European Court of Justice for an expedited ruling on whether the ECB crisis-era asset purchase programme, worth over €2.3 trillion, broke the bank’s own ban on financing governments.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The campaign of Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland against European Central Bank bond-buying got a shot in the arm on Tuesday with a refe(...)

German carrier Air Berlin aircraft are pictured at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Ryanair has claimed to EU competition regulators that there is a conspiracy between the German government and Lufthansa to carve up insolvent Air Berl(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble: Berlin’s contribution to Greece and direct bilateral loans to Athens have generated a windfall. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Germany has earned profits of €1.34 billion on its various euro crisis loans to Greece over the last decade, according to official figures. Berlin’s c(...)

The money was transferred in February due to a glitch in the bank’s information technology.

German state bank Kfw accidentally transferred €7.6 billion to four other banks but got the money back, incurring costs of €25,000, executive board me(...)

SBCI chief executive Nick Ashmore (right): “Our new funding arrangements will allow us to support even more SMEs.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

Additional funding of €450 million has been secured for small and medium sized enterprises (SME) by the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI(...)

SBCI chief executive Nick Ashmore (above): “These figures demonstrate the breadth of the SBCI’s impact and the appetite among Irish SMEs for lower-cost funding that is more flexible and SME orientated.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The value of loans drawn down by SMEs from the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) almost doubled in the first half of the year, according(...)

Nick Ashmore, chief executive of the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland, at Treasury Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) drew down €172 million in lower cost funding from the State-backed Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (...)

The SBCI has now made a total of €750 million in low-cost, long-term loans available from lenders

Ulster Bank is the fifth lender to win approval from the State-backed Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) to offer low-cost financing to S(...)

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