European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: the commission  temporarily suspended the EU’s fiscal rules to allow countries to spend what they need to face these exceptional circumstances. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/AP

Faced with one of the greatest tragedies we have confronted in decades, Europe has no choice but to show unity and solidarity. The nature and scale of(...)

The sun sets behind European Central Bank  in Frankfurt, Germany. Once the ECB backstops  coronabonds, private investors will hold them, knowing the ECB will buy them in unlimited quantities if the investor wants to sell. Photograph: Daniel Roland/AFP via Getty

What is the global economy going to look like when this ends? Will the recovery be sharp and impressive as people come out of hibernation with a thirs(...)

Global benefits consultancy Mercer has proposed that Irish pension savers should be allowed access to their retirement pots as they face a short-term cash squeeze in the Covid-19 crisis. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

Pension savers should be allowed access to their retirement pots as they face a short-term cash squeeze in the coronavirus crisis, benefits consultant(...)

Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Mark Abramson/The New York Times

European shares fell again on Friday as economic data showed the region was heading into a deep recession sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic. DUBLIN R(...)

KBC Bank Ireland now ‘very unlikely’ to elect to make dividend payments this year, according to a company spokeswoman. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The European Central Bank’s (ECB) move last week to urge banks to hold off paying dividends, as Covid-19 rips through economies, has upset plans of ov(...)

The European Central Bank (above), after an early communications lapse, has come forward with a massive programme of bond buying which, it is hoped, will help countries raise money at low interest rates. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Europe’s initial economic response to the coronavirus crisis has been a mixed bag. The European Central Bank, after an early communications lapse, has(...)

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said there was room for compromise at forthcoming meetings of EU members. Photograph: AFP via Getty

France is pushing for a common EU fund to help Europe through the coronavirus crisis, but is proposing that it be limited to five or 10 years and focu(...)

Irish-based EAA Covered Bond Bank, which was originally part of failed German lender WestLB, was put on the market in 2016 and a deal was reached with Attestor the following year

British investment firm Attestor Capital, which owns 17 per cent of Irish mortgage lender Dilosk, has abandoned plans to buy a Dublin-based covered bo(...)

Dublin’s benchmark Iseq all-share index staged a rebound on Tuesday, closing 4.25 per cent, outperforming European peers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Global stock markets edged higher on Tuesday as investors assessed the economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, while the MSCI benchmark of worl(...)

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