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Christine Lagarde will be formally appointed in October. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Christine Lagarde is set to be confirmed in October as the next president of the European Central Bank (ECB), after the region’s finance ministers for(...)

Moldova’s prime minister Maia Sandu: ‘We are not asking for advance payments. We are asking for support for our democratic transformation.’ Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

The European Union has promised political and financial support to the new government of Moldova, as it seeks to transform the poor and corruption-rid(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk and Estonian prime minister Juri Ratas attend a roundtable at the council’s summit  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/Pool via Reuters

After a day and night of frantic bilateral meetings with fellow EU leaders, and precious little sleep, European Council president Donald Tusk will rec(...)

Ivanka Trump prepares to deliver a speech on women’s empowerment during the G20 Summit in Osaka on Saturday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

The abiding image from this year’s G20 summit will not be Donald Trump sharing another chuckle with Vladimir Putin. It is the clip of his daughter, Iv(...)

The 2019 Leaving Cert exams drew to a close for most students on Tuesday with Japanese, Arabic and politics exams.

The longest-ever set of Leaving Cert exams have finally drawn to a close, with around 1,300 students sitting papers in either Arabic, Japanese or poli(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

Investors were alarmed by US president Donald Trump’s recent threat to keep hiking tariffs on Mexico if it doesn’t take steps to stop illegal immigration to the US. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Donald Trump has been quick to take the credit for stock market gains during his presidency but 2017’s talk of a “Trump bump” is long gone, with inve(...)

Maia Sandu leads her first government session in the government building in Chisinau, Moldova, on Saturday. Photograph:  Dumitru Doru/EPA

Moldova’s new prime minister, Maia Sandu, has vowed to cleanse its corrupt institutions and reinstate the rule of law after her pro-EU bloc and a Russ(...)

President of Moldova Igor Dodon, second from left, during a briefing in the parliament building in Chisinau, Moldova. Photograph: Dumitru Doru/EPA

Moldova’s president and new government have called for a mass rally this weekend to force out a rival oligarch-backed cabinet, as political turmoil gr(...)

Moldova’s disputed prime minister Maia Sandu speaks to members of her cabinet during its first meeting at parliament headquarters in Chisinau. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

The EU, Russia and the US have called for the peaceful resolution of a major political crisis in Moldova, where rival governments are vying for contro(...)

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