Christine Lagarde and Mario Draghi. They both agree central banks should step in if inflation is weak. Photograph: Getty Images

Christine Lagarde is the surprise nominee to be the next president of the European Central Bank, the body that sets monetary policy for one-fifth of t(...)

The Irish Central Bank: along with the Bank of England and the European Central Bank, it will have a new head  soon.

The qualifications necessary to take charge at a central bank mean that any shortlist of candidates is likely to be very short indeed. A PhD from so(...)

Erkki Liikanen, the former Bank of Finland governor, is the most likely  candidate to succeed Mario Draghi as president of the European Central Bank, according to economists

Erkki Liikanen, the former Bank of Finland governor, is the most likely – but not necessarily the best – candidate to succeed Mario Draghi as presiden(...)

Former Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Irish bank guarantee was flawed but not bailing out the banks would have been a case “of cutting off your nose to spite your face,” former Central(...)

The Bailout: Denis Conway as Taoiseach Brian Cowen in Colin Murphy’s TV version of his play Bailed Out!

Even at the distance of almost a decade, the details of how Ireland found itself bailed out by the troika – to the tune of €85 billion and a national (...)

The leadership of the Single Supervisory Mechanism will change on January 1st. Photograph: Reuters

The European Central Bank’s next big appointment will cast a shadow that’s long enough to influence who succeeds Mario Draghi as president. Applicati(...)

France’s president  Emmanuel Macron used the world’s biggest stage to press the case for EU tax harmonisation, singling out Ireland as a country that woos overseas firms through an ultra-competitive tax regime. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Europe, for so long the sick man at the annual global elite gathering at Davos, has finally got its mojo back. On the eve of the four-day conference (...)

Once BNP Paribas froze its funds it sent a trigger around the world, culminating in the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008. Photograph: Jeremy Bales/Bloomberg

Ten years ago today, on August 9th 2007, BNP Paribas froze funds that were exposed to US subprime mortgages, signalling the start of the credit crunc(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank: his membership of the elite group of 30  “raises serious questions about the transparency of the ECB’s activities”,  says European Parliament member Brian Hayes.  Photograph: Peti Kollanyi/Bloomberg

The European ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, is investigating the involvement of European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi in a group known as the(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will leave the office with State’s economy in much better shape than when he took over. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

When Michael Noonan took over as Minister for Finance in March 2011, the economy was on the floor, public debt and borrowing were dangerously high and(...)

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