The Aughinish Alumina refinery on the Shannon Estuary near Foynes, Co Limerick.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will meet US treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin in Washington on Tuesday amid growing concern over continuing US sa(...)

Buying flowers with a card at a market in Stockholm, Sweden. Cash is disappearing in the country faster than anyone thought it would. Photograph: Loulou d’Aki/The New York Times

Few countries have been moving toward a cashless society as fast as Sweden. But cash is being squeezed out so quickly – with half the nation’s retaile(...)

“Bitcoin accepted” sign in the window of a cafe in Zurich. Photograph: iStock

One of the top bankers in the euro zone has described bitcoin as “the evil spawn of the financial crisis”. European Central Bank executive board membe(...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters while his plane refuels in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said he is prepared to give Saudi Arabia more time to investigate the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as(...)

US president Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump in Washington on Thursday. The president’s grasp of basic economics is even weaker than it already appears to be. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US indices have seemed oblivious to the troubled mood pervading global markets in 2018 but that finally changed last Wednesday, when the S&P 500 s(...)

In relation to Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance US president Donald Trump said: ‘we’re going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe’ punishment: Reuters

US president Donald Trump said does not want to “hurt jobs” by sanctioning Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, but has nonetheless(...)

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde speaks during the annual International Monetary Fund gathering in Indonesia, Photograph: Johannes P. Christo/Reuters

Financial technology poses risks to global economic stability, if left unchecked, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank have warned. In a po(...)

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May during the European Union leaders informal summit in Salzburg. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

It looks like it’s checkmate for Chequers after EU leaders roundly rejected Theresa May’s proposals at a key summit in Salzburg this week, reiterating(...)

Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis strides the aisle of the company’s new discount store Jack’s in Chatteris, near Cambridge. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Image of the week: Jack’s Union Jacks Every drop of fresh milk in Tesco-owned Jack’s is British, got that, British? Union Jacks adorn the aisles of t(...)

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), speaks during a news conference.

Britain’s economy will shrink if it leaves the European Union without a Brexit deal and it will suffer some damage whatever terms it agrees, the Inter(...)

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