Mario Draghi

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Politically and financially it might be a good time for central banks to allow economies to grow, even if that means flirting with inflation. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

Sooner of later, interest rates will rise. I haven’t been able to find a forecaster who thinks that will happen in Europe in 2018 but it is certain as(...)

 The European Central Bank  headquarters  in Frankfurt.

The euro zone‘s economy has moved into a full-fledged expansion, the region‘s top policymakers have said in a declaration that their sweeping measures(...)

Having faced five years of anaemic inflation, the ECB has deployed its entire policy arsenal, cutting rates into negative territory, giving banks cheap loans and hoovering up bonds, all in the hope of boosting growth and rekindling inflation.

The European Central Bank kept its ultra-easy policy stance unchanged on Thursday, promising to hold rates low for an extended period and even maintai(...)

The ECB reiterated its commitment to continue bond purchases at least until the end of September. Photograph: iStock

The European Central Bank kept its ultra-easy policy stance unchanged on Thursday, promising to hold rates low for an extended period and even maintai(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi. ECB purchases of Irish bonds plunged 45 per cent in January as the headroom began to narrow as a result of previous purchases. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has pushed back on calls to ease Ireland’s current restricted access to his €2.5 trillion quantitative ea(...)

Tough talks to form Germany’s next government stretched into overtime, putting Chancellor Angela Merkel’s political future in the balance since failure to produce a deal could force snap elections. Photograph: Odd ANDERSENODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

The euro declined after German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s push to form a coalition government collapsed. Chinese equities reversed losses that came a(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. He signalled the bank  is unlikely to begin a cycle of rate hikes until at least 2019.

Irish mortgage holders are likely to benefit from the current climate of ultra-low interest rates for another two years with European Central Bank chi(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe threatened to become an activist shareholder in the three banks in which the State has shares. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The spectacle of angry shareholders on their feet, waving clenched fists as they demand answers from ashen-faced bankers is not an unfamiliar one at a(...)

Miniland at Legoland Windsor. Merlin shares edged higher by 1.2p to 369.3p amid news that it would invest £265 million to open a Legoland theme park in New York as it presses ahead with global expansion plans.

Shares rose as the euro fell on the back of news that the European Central Bank would begin cutting its bond buying programme in January. Dublin Th(...)

President Mario Draghi. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

The European Central Bank’s €2.3 trillion monetary stimulus programme, which started 2½ years ago, has helped shave €4 billion off the 2017 interest b(...)

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