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 French National Front leader Marine Le Pen:   If François Hollande faced Le Pen in the 2017 runoff for the presidency, some conservatives predict the right would vote massively for Le Pen. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Marine Le Pen, president of France? It may sound far-fetched, but a victory by the leader of the extreme right-wing National Front (FN) is a frequent (...)

President Barack Obama  with Janet Yellen at the White House in Washington last week. Photograph: The New York Times

In her speech accepting the chairmanship of the US Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen stated that her main priority would be implementing monetary policy i(...)

Germany’s leading economic institutes halved their 2013 growth forecast for Europe’s largest economy to 0.4 per cent today, citing a significant downt(...)

 German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble:  reiterated Berlin’s staunch opposition to using the fund to directly recapitalise banks retrospectively. Photograph: David Sleator

Almost three years after Ireland bowed to the pressure of unsustainably high bond yields and sought a €64 billion rescue package from international le(...)

Pedestrians pass the bronze Charging Bull sculpture next to Wall Street in the New york’s Financial District. The 11th-hour resolution of the US fiscal stalemate helped drive Wall Street stocks to within striking distance of all-time highs

Markets came back to life in Europe and the United States late yesterday after US Senate leaders struck a cross-party deal to end the federal governme(...)

Dawn Purvis, programme director with Marie Stopes Northern Ireland: “I am humbled by the appreciation expressed by the hundreds of men and women who use our services.” Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Marie Stopes Northern Ireland is marking the first anniversary today of the opening of its Belfast clinic, claiming “hundreds” of men and women have a(...)

 Finian Sweeney in Sweeney’s off-licence in Phibsborough, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The lowest hanging fruit appears to be the grape, and it was once again targeted by Michael Noonan when he announced a 50 cent increase in excise duty(...)

US stocks  surged, as the gains brought the S&P 500 within striking distance of the record high set on September 18th. Photographer: Julia Schmalz /Bloomberg

The Iseq followed other exchanges in Europe and the US skywards towards the end of trading yesterday, as euphoria and relief swept through the market(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin with presenter Sean O’Rourke in the RTE Radio studio to answer listeners questions. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has insisted the door has not been shut on the State’s hopes of the ESM providing funds to directly recapitalise t(...)

Newly manufactured Ford Fiesta cars are seen on the deck of a car transport ship  as it travels along the Rhine, from a Ford plant in the German city of Cologne to the Dutch seaport of Vlissingen. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

A surge in UK auto sales and an extra working day boosted Europe’s new car market in September, providing fresh evidence that demand is slowly bottomi(...)

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