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German Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

The euro zone has not yet been made crisis proof, so the European Central Bank is still at risk of having to function as a crisis-response unit, a ri(...)

Philip Lane will be in charge of monitoring the 19 national economies of the single currency. Photograph: Alan Betson

Mario Draghi will likely end his eight years at the helm of the European Central Bank (ECB) helm in October without raising rates once. His last board(...)

Philip Lane’s departure from the Central Bank would create a race for the governorship of the institution. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Central Bank governor Philip Lane is poised to win the State’s first executive seat at the European Central Bank (ECB), triggering a succession race t(...)

Axel Weber, chairman of Swiss bank UBS. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

The Institute of International Finance’s (IIF) chairman, Axel Weber, has warned that a no-deal Brexit must be avoided, even it means stopping the cloc(...)

Joblessness decreased by a seasonally adjusted 14,000 in December to 2.26 million

German unemployment fell to a record low, extending its five-year decline, as companies signalled confidence in Europe’s largest economy. Joblessness(...)

A customer pays for a hot dog in Frankfurt at the start of  2002. The euro’s introduction is remembered as an unsentimental quid pro quo. Photograph: AP/Wolfram Steinberg

Germans are not known for public outbursts of emotion yet many get misty-eyed at the memory of the Deutschmark, which began its long goodbye 20 years (...)

“The euro system’s second decade was one of unforeseen turbulence, but it confounded its more strident critics by surviving the anxious years 2011-2012 (and 2015) without losing any member.” Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP Photo

Any assessment of Europe’s monetary union as it completes its second decade should refer to the regimes that preceded it. For economists, the primary(...)

Erkki Liikanen, the former Bank of Finland governor, is the most likely  candidate to succeed Mario Draghi as president of the European Central Bank, according to economists

Erkki Liikanen, the former Bank of Finland governor, is the most likely – but not necessarily the best – candidate to succeed Mario Draghi as presiden(...)

German musical duo Michael  and Marianne Hartl at the opening of a new Maserati showroom in Munich. Photograph: Hannes Magerstaedt/Getty Images

Bulgaria, the EU’s poorest state, is playing very slow catch-up with western Europe. Read our three-part series, “Rich land, poor land”, on wealth in (...)

The fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. Photograph: Tom Stoddart/Getty Images

At the end of the 1980s, after a miserable decade of fiscal retrenchment, the clouds began to lift on the Irish economy. While emigration peaked in 19(...)

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