ECB president Mario Draghi has received criticism in Germany for the Frankfurt-regulator’s QE programme, which has impacted on interest rates. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The State, which was locked out of financial markets almost a decade ago as the cost of bank bailouts soared, this week joined a growing club of Europ(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said his approach in relation to ‘departmental expenditure ceilings’ was sensible and informed by the experience of the crash. Photograph: Tom Honan

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has rejected claims that his spending forecasts “lack credibility” and that he is using unsustainable corporation(...)

 Jerome Powell, chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Steven Mnuchin, US treasury secretary, Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and David Malpass, president of the World Bank Group,   at the G7  meeting in Chantilly, France

Digital currencies such as Facebook’s planned Libra raise serious concerns and must be regulated as tightly as possible to ensure they do not upset th(...)

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire delivers a speech during a high-level forum on debt at the Finance ministry in Paris in May 2019. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The Government continues to favour a global approach to a digital sales tax, in spite of France’s decision to push ahead unilaterally with a tax on Fa(...)

“Heroin is a semi-synthetic opiate synthesised from morphine, and is the most prevalent illicit opioid worldwide.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has been named as one of six countries which have experience a significant rise in the level of opioid-related deaths. A report, Addressing (...)

14 per cent of jobs currently held by humans could soon be managed by robots. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The robots are coming for our jobs, but not everyone’s. According to a report by UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), waiters and shelf stackers(...)

The OECD findings tally with recent polls here, suggesting much of the electorate was unhappy with public-services related to housing and health. Photograph: Alan Betson

The majority of Irish people believe the Government should make housing more affordable even if it means raising taxes, a survey by the Organisation f(...)

The OECD published figures  which show public social spending-to-GDP ratios are now highest in France at just over 30 per cent of GDP

Ireland has seen one of the sharpest falls in spending on income supports, including unemployment payments and family cash benefits, among OECD countr(...)

Protesters wearing Pikachu hats take part in a Women’s Gilets Jaunes protest in front of the Eiffel Tower on January 20th. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Though it started as a protest over fuel taxes, the still simmering ‘Gilets Jaunes’ revolt in France quickly morphed into anger over income inequality(...)

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire proposed a compromise to secure agreement for an EU-wide digital sales tax. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s finance minister, Olaf Scholz, had long conveyed reservations about the European Commission’s proposed directive for a digital sales tax (DS(...)

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