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A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Fund managers are overweight US equities for the first time in 15 months. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Global fund managers are flocking to American stocks but are finally souring on Europe, according to Merrill Lynch’s latest fund manager survey. Fund(...)

Greece crisis

If you want to start a war of independence, you must have guns, and for that you need either cash or a bank loan. In the 1820s, the Greeks, who were a(...)

An activist of Reporters without Borders wears a mask depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a protest in front of the Russian embassy to Germany in Berlin, ahead of the start of the 2018 Football World Cup. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty

In the summer of 1787, determined to show foreign ambassadors the might of Russian power in the newly-subjugated Ukraine, Catherine the Great organise(...)

Alexis Tsipras during a parliamentary session in Athens on Thursday. The Greek prime minister blinked first after he brought his country to the brink of crashing out of the euro in 2015.  Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

On Thursday, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, the once-Marxist firebrand-turned faithful-implementer of austerity, declared that a parliamentary v(...)

 Argentine finance minister Nicolas Dujovne delivers statements to the press. Photograph: Javier Caamano/EPA

Argentina and the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday they reached an agreement for a three-year, $50 billion (€42 billion) standby lending a(...)

 Jordanians shout slogans against proposed  tax reforms and price hikes, in Amman. Photograph: Andre Pain/EPA

Jordan’s prime minister refused on Saturday to scrap an IMF-backed tax reform Bill that has sparked the largest protests in the country in more than f(...)

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte leaves his house in Rome, on Friday. The prospect of an autumn election in Italy has receded for now. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

A successful populist is a master opportunist. But, as in chess, his success also owes something to his opponent’s missteps, his short-sightedness, hi(...)

 Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s far-right League party,   greets supporters  in Pisa on Wednesday. Photograph: Gianni Nucci/EPA

Italy’s president has attempted to broker an eleventh-hour deal between the country’s two largest populist parties to avoid another destabilising nati(...)

A single teacher could have purchased a two-bed home in Dublin 4 back in 1995, but today - if they can get the necessary loans - will be looking at an apartment in Tallaght

A single teacher could have purchased a two-bed home in Dublin 4 back in 1995, but today - if they can get the necessary loans - will be looking at an(...)

Mortgages and housing: Central Bank researchers sound a warning and Nesc offers a solution. Photograph: iStock

Central Bank researchers are warning today that if current growth in mortgage lending persists and household incomes rise in line with forecasts, the (...)

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