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The headline inflation figure was the lowest annual level since June 2016

Euro zone inflation fell to its lowest level in nearly four years in May despite noticeably higher food costs as the Covid-19 pandemic sharply reduced(...)

The non-food retail sector is among those is real trouble as a result of Covid. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

We are in the biggest downturn in Irish economic history. But the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC) in a landmark report this week said we might ge(...)

“We’ll have a better sense in a few days as we publish our numbers in early June, but it’s likely we will be in between the medium and severe scenarios,” Christine Lagarde said. Photograph: AFP via Getty

The euro-area economy is faring worse than hoped, facing a recession as bad as the European Central Bank’s more pessimistic forecasts, according to pr(...)

A near-deserted Grafton Street.

What does the evidence suggest? There are some brilliant sites for the numbers: Ourworldindata.org is the best. Meta-surveys of original research are (...)

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: assertive macro-economic policy in 2020 is the most responsible thing we can do.  Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

This is not the time for conventional thinking. We are in a pandession. As I wrote recently, a pandession is neither a recession, nor a depression – w(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: her accord with Emmanuel Macron is a conscious end-run around the German Constitutional Court. Photograph: Odd Andersen

When Angela Merkel joined Emmanuel Macron on Monday to announce their support for a €500 billion pandemic recovery package, she was not only breaking (...)

Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel announce their historic €500bn EU recovery plan at a videoconference on May 18th.  Photograph: Kay Nietfeld via Getty Images

When German chancellor Angela Merkel announced one of the biggest U-turns of her career this week, the declaration was both emphatic and unexpected. (...)

The traditional Keynesian approach is that the government needs to step in to fill a significant part of the gap caused by a collapsing economy – such as the situation caused by Covid-19. Image: iStock

The Government finances have been turned on their head by Covid-19. An expected surplus of taxes over spending of around €2.8 billion for this year is(...)

The auction secured demand for 4.9 times the amount of bills that were on offer. Photograph: iStock

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) sold €750 million of short-term debt on Thursday in an auction that secured record demand for governmen(...)

The chairman of the German constitutional court, Andreas Vosskuhle, takes off his hat on May 5th at the constitutional court in Karlsruhe. Photograph: Sebastian Gollnow/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

The Covid-19 pandemic has cancelled this year’s Richard Wagner festival in Bayreuth, but a fitting replacement comes via Germany’s constitutional cour(...)

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