Philip Lane faces a series of challenges as he starts work this week as European Central Bank chief economist. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

The European Central Bank’s Philip Lane started his first day at work on Monday at a crucial moment for the euro zone as signs of economic weakness re(...)

Philip Lane: he is set to be confirmed   as the Republic’s first ECB executive board member. He is also the favourite to become the organisation’s chief economist.  Photograph:  Reuters

When Otmar Issing, one of the prime architects of the euro, was asked in 2001 to help select an outstanding European economist under 40, one name stoo(...)