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France’s president Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel: at heart of surprise nomination of Ursula von der Leyen.  Photograph: Dominique Jacovides

The package of top jobs announced by EU leaders represents the continued domination of the institutions by pro-EU partiesand reinforces the Franco-Ger(...)

Christine Lagarde’s lack of economic training and experience in monetary policy will prompt questions about her nomination as ECB president. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Christine Lagarde’s nomination by European Union leaders as president of the European Central Bank breaks new ground – and not only because she is a (...)

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.(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has to deal with the thorny subject of bankers’ bonuses.

As Patrick Honohan wrapped up the list of people he needed to thank at the launch this week of his new almost 400-page read on the origins of the fina(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) speaks to  European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier   on the sidelines of the EU Summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

A weary Donald Tusk told journalists in Brussels early this morning that EU leaders had failed to agree on a new president for the European Commission(...)

Bank of Ireland CEO Francesca McDonagh’s plan is to expand the UK division’s loan book by 10 per cent and double its profitability – measured as return on equity – by 2021.

Investors in Bank of Ireland are currently valuing the group’s underperforming UK business at zero, according to an analyst with Bank of America Merri(...)

FIBI chairman and chief executive of BNP Paribas Ireland Derek Kehoe, Bloomberg’s Stephanie Flanders and ECB supervisory board chair Andrea Enria: “It is common wisdom by now that, before the crisis, compensation schemes were skewed.”  Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Banks are paying bonuses that are too focused on cash instead of shares, against EU rules, the European Central Bank’s head of banking supervision tol(...)

Federal Reserve chairman Jay Powell: the Fed noted that inflation continued to run below its 2% target

The Federal Reserve held interest rates steady but shifted towards a more dovish stance and pointed to possible interest rate cuts in the future, citi(...)

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(...)

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