[left-right] Martin Blessing, chief executive of Commerzbank , Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, and Juergen Fitschen, co-chief executive  of Deutsche Bank, are pictured during the European Banking Congress at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt.

The European Central Bank is considering a new long-term liquidity operation (LTRO) available only to banks that agree to use the funding to lend to b(...)

Jörg Asmussen, a member of the ECB’s executive board and one of the prime figures in the troika’s management of Ireland’s bailout, answers questions about the Outright Monetary Transactions initiative. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said last week that the decision to leave the bailout without a credit line meant Ireland was neither at an advant(...)

Markets are waiting for Thursday’s pronouncement from the ECB on the direction of European interest rates. Photographer: Hannelore Foerster/Bloomberg

Asian stocks eased overnight in sluggish trade as investors chose discretion over valour ahead of central bank meetings in Europe and the always-criti(...)

Germany’s  Bundesbank president and ECB policymaker Jens Weidmann said the ECB was not tied to keeping rates at record low levels. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.

The European Central Bank has not “tied itself to the mast” with its use of forward guidance on low interest rates, and could raise them if inflation(...)

Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades addresses the nation with a televised speech from the presidential palace in Nicosia in the wake of the bailout earlier this week. Photograph: Petros Karadjias/Reuters

Big depositors in Cyprus's largest bank stand to lose far more than initially feared under a European Union rescue package to save the island f(...)

(L-R) International Monetary Fund executive director Christine Lagarde, Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem and European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn attend a news conference at the end of a Eurogroup meeting at the European Council building in Brussels. Photograph: Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters

Cyprus clinched a last-ditch deal with international lenders today for a €10 billion bailout that will shut down its second largest bank and in(...)

People queue up to make a transaction at an ATM outside a branch of Laiki Bank in Nicosia, Cyprus today. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters.

Cyprus looks close to agreeing a new proposal to radically restructure its banking sector in a desperate effort to avoid default and financial (...)

The euro zone crisis is not over, France is slipping on reforms and the Bundesbank has set aside billions in new provisions for what it sees as(...)

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