International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde warned that the economic impact of US import tariffs would be serious if other countries respond with their own barriers. Photograph: Reuters

The European Union warned US president Donald Trump of a “firm” response should he trigger tariffs on foreign steel and aluminium, highlighting the pr(...)

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) speaking at  the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday. Photograph: Christopher Pike/Reuters

Financial reforms are needed to avoid the next big crisis, the head of the International Monetary Fund has warned, though the recent sharp swings on (...)

France’s president  Emmanuel Macron used the world’s biggest stage to press the case for EU tax harmonisation, singling out Ireland as a country that woos overseas firms through an ultra-competitive tax regime. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Europe, for so long the sick man at the annual global elite gathering at Davos, has finally got its mojo back. On the eve of the four-day conference (...)

Mining cryptocurrencies is consuming as much electricity as a G20 economy, IMF  managing director Christine Lagarde has said in Davos. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The risk that cryptocurrencies can be used by criminals means Britain and other governments should be looking at them “very seriously”, British prime (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will on Thursday host an event for 70 people, mostly senior executives, at the ski resort. Photograph: Bloomberg

The Republic is eyeing an opportunity to court foreign direct investment that might previously have gone to the United Kingdom, as it plays a second a(...)

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde called for tax and labour-market reforms to narrow the income gap between young people and older people. Photograph: Bloomberg

The International Monetary Fund’s managing director, Christine Lagarde, signalled on Wednesday she would be in favour of wealth taxes being used to he(...)

US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin leave a press briefing at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Two of Donald Trump’s most senior cabinet members delivered mixed messages on the US’s economic and trade agenda to the World Economic Forum in Davos (...)

Former  Egyptian armed forces chief of staff Sami Anan last week said that he planned to contest the March presidential poll. File photograph: Amr Nabil/AP Photo

The Egyptian army has arrested a former chief of staff, accusing him of “open incitement against the armed forces”, in what his campaign said was an a(...)

Michael Corbat, chief executive of Citigroup: “If the turn comes, and it will come” on financial markets, the risk is that it “will be more violent”

Investors’ moves to shrug off the US government shutdown over the weekend represented another “concerning” sign of ambivalence among investors about r(...)

Stephen Schwarzman, Adena Friedman, Brian Moynihan,  Tidjane Thiam,  and Frank Appel, in Davos. Photograph: Bloomberg

Senior business leaders clashed on the first day of the World Economic Forum conference in Davos over the impact of the United States’ tax overhaul on(...)

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