Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili  greets supporters outside of a courthouse in Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili is planning new protest rallies in Ukraine following his release from custody, and wants the West to put(...)

Continued strong increases in property prices over the medium term could present risks to Ireland’s economy, the latest troika review has found. Photograph: iStock

Ireland’s headline economic figures remain volatile and heavily influenced by the activities of multinational companies, the troika has found after co(...)

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

European authorities have given the State the go-ahead to fast-track the repayment of €5.5 billion in outstanding loans from the International Monetar(...)

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe delivers his speech during a live broadcast at State House in Harare on Sunday. Photograph: AP

Robert Mugabe’s legacy as one of the most ruthless tyrants of modern times will remain long after his days as notorious statesman of Zimbabwe are over(...)

Germany’s Social Democratic Party is pressing for the German parliament, the Bundestag (above), to block Ireland’s plans for an early repayment of bailout loans totalling €5.5 billion. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

After a starring role in the Paradise Papers, Ireland will next week face attempts in Berlin to extend its stay in financial purgatory. Germany’s Soc(...)

The building of state-run PDVSA in Caracas, Venezuela. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez/File/EPA

Russia has come to the aid of Venezuela with a deal to restructure $3.15 billion (€2.7 billion) of sovereign debt, allowing Caracas to meet obligation(...)

Emmerson Mnangagwa (left), then vice-president of Zimbabwe, with Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe in December 2014. The two men were side by side as Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle raged in the 1970s. Photograph:  Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

Two days after Emmerson Mnangagwa was sacked as Zimbabwe’s vice-president, he fled the country saying there were “incessant threats” to his life, his (...)

John Murphy with Tim Kinsella, managing director of MKC Communications. Mr Murphy is former secretary general of the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

John Murphy, the former top civil servant at the Department of Enterprise, has joined public relations firm MKC Communications as a consultant in its (...)

Irish Stock Exchange chief executive Deirdre Somers: “Being bought is not a strategy.” Photograph: Alan Betson

It took 221 years for founding stockbroker members of the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) to break open the bourse’s awkward, limited-by-guarantee corporat(...)

Only 286 unions were classified as actively trading, with the largest 50 accounting for more than half of the movement’s €15.9 billion of assets at the end of last year.  Photograph:  Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

The Oireachtas finance committee is set to call for a review of lending limits for credit unions by regulators, throwing its weight behind a key recom(...)

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