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(...)

The former finance minister of the Netherlands, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, moved to “phase out” the scheme in 2015. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Dutch state railway, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), has moved to formally wind up a Dublin-based company structure that had been the subject of fier(...)

Greek prime minister  Alexis Tsipras: between a rock and a hard place. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

While the Greek government waits for the latest developments on both the Macedonian front and its war of words with Turkey, the fallout from the econo(...)

Minister  for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe   with his  Luxembourger counterpart  Pierre Gramegna at  a  meeting of     EU finance ministers in Brussels on Tuesday.  Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

In a bid to crack down on international tax havens, EU finance ministers in Brussels on Tuesday endorsed a blacklist of 17 “non-cooperative jurisdicti(...)

  Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  managed to convince the other three parties the Liberals are in coalition with    to commit to a theoretical, unspecified, pay deal for primary school teachers. Photograph:   Robin Utrecht/EPA

The caretaker Liberal-Labour government in the Netherlands – now running the country in the absence of an alternative for more than 180 days – has na(...)

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(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble at the   euro-zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels. Germany object to  debt restructuring for Greece, while also insisting  the IMF  join the programme to lend credibility to the bailout. Photograph: Reuters

Euro-zone finance ministers gathering in Brussels on Monday failed to break an impasse on debt relief for Greece, delaying the completion of the count(...)

NS last year established a company, Disa Assets, which is registered to a small, Dublin south city office building that is also home to NS Financial Services Company

The Dutch state railway, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), has come under scrutiny there after it set up a new Irish company to avoid tax, two years after (...)

Lifejackets  inside a wrecked boat used by refugees and migrants to cross part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece at a garbage dump site on the island of Lesbos. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

On March 25th last Greeks celebrated the 197th anniversary of independence. You might call it “virtual independence”, since it was the day when the wa(...)

Photograph: iStock

The European Union should consider a €1 billion special investment programme to spur growth in debt-ridden Greece, Austria’s finance minister told dai(...)

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