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Christine Lagarde will be formally appointed in October. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Christine Lagarde is set to be confirmed in October as the next president of the European Central Bank (ECB), after the region’s finance ministers for(...)

Ursula von der Leyen: was once considered a potential reserve chancellor. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was attending an away day for the Bundeswehr armed forces on Tuesday, 45 minutes south of Berlin, when he(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

At one level, the succession battle under way in Brussels is simply that: a bare-knuckle political fight for control of the key European institutions.(...)

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann has his eye on the ECB governor role. Photograph: Bloomberg

Jens Weidmann has softened his stance on some of the European Central Bank’s most controversial policies, in a bid to alleviate concerns about his sui(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel listens during a press conference.

German industrial production plunged the most in almost four years in April and the nation’s central bank gave a gloomy assessment of the outlook, sug(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: “Weidmann is a convinced European and an experienced central banker and therefore suitable” Photograph:  Reuters

Jean-Claude Juncker has said he “would not mind” a German becoming head of the European Central Bank, in a sign that the European Commission president(...)

Philip Lane: he is set to be confirmed   as the Republic’s first ECB executive board member. He is also the favourite to become the organisation’s chief economist.  Photograph:  Reuters

When Otmar Issing, one of the prime architects of the euro, was asked in 2001 to help select an outstanding European economist under 40, one name stoo(...)

Nivea skin-cream maker Beiersdorf plunged to two-year lows after it issued a shock warning about its 2019 operating margins. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer

European shares ended a rally as a warning from Nivea skin-cream maker Beiersdorf took the glow off consumer stocks, prompting an outbreak of caution (...)

Germany just barely avoided a recession in the final quarter of 2018

Europe’s largest economy stagnated in the fourth quarter as an inventory slump wiped out support from consumption and investment, and business sentime(...)

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