IMF managing director Christine Lagarde. The IMF says UK gross domestic product looks  set to expand by 1.6% in 2017, knocking back its prediction of 1.7% growth

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cut its outlook for UK economic growth, and said the British government may be forced to make deeper spendin(...)

IMF MD Christine Lagarde  at the plenary session of the  IMF/World Bank meeting October 13th. Photograph:  AFP/IMF

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said she expects global economic growth to strengthen next year, but urged countries to invest more to ensure (...)

AIB chairman Richard Pym:  the bank’s senior management team is in Washington, DC for the annual IMF-World Bank meeting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

AIB’s senior management team arrived in Washington, DC this week for the autumn International Monetary Fund-World Bank meetings, as chairman Richard P(...)

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, the warhorse of the eurozone debt crisis, will attend his final meeting of eurozone ministers on Monday, October 9, 2017, as variously the most loathed or loved figures in EU politics. (Photograph: JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Wolfgang Schäuble has warned that spiralling levels of global debt and liquidity present a major risk to the world economy, in his parting shot as Ge(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (r) and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Andrea Bonetti/EPA

The New York Review of Books recently carried a conversation between two American philosophers who concluded that everything we can see and do is inde(...)

Emmanuel Macron walks through the Galerie des Bustes  at the Château de Versailles on his way to address the joint houses of the French parliament, on Monday. Photograph: Etienne Laurent/Reuters

President Emmanuel Macron spoke repeatedly of the need for meaning in a dense and philosophical 90-minute address to the joint houses of the French pa(...)

Yanis Varoufakis’s motto was “If you cannot imagine walking out of a negotiation, you should not enter it.” In the end, he was thrown out for trying to discuss the emperor’s new clothes. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

It is inconceivable that an Irish finance minister would resign on a question of principle. But Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister from Janu(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping, Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin   during the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. Photograph: Reuters

China’s new Silk Road initiative will bring countries together and establish Beijing as a champion of globalisation, president Xi Jinping said, fillin(...)

Incoming French president Emmanuel Macron speaks after his victory in the presidential run-off at his campaign headquarters in Paris. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/Pool Photo via AP

The mandate of outgoing Socialist president François Hollande officially ends at midnight on Sunday, May 14th, and he is expected to vacate the Élysée(...)

US president Donald Trump: approval rating is at a record low for any president at this point in his presidency, according to a new poll. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Donald Trump will unveil a major tax reform package on Wednesday, the latest attempt by the president to rush through policy initiatives (...)

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