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Mark Carney: he has run the Bank of England since 2013, and is scheduled to leave at the end of January.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

European governments are actively discussing nominating Bank of England governor Mark Carney as the next head of the International Monetary Fund, acco(...)

German steel worker at the ThyssenKrupp AG works in Duisburg.

A key gauge of the health of Germany’s manufacturing industry sank by far more than expected in May, amid a steep drop-off in foreign demand that is h(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras speaks during a joint news conference in Skopje, North Macedonia.

Investors taking a punt on the most-indebted nation in Europe are being rewarded. Greek bonds have returned over 20 per cent this year to those willi(...)

Conor O’Kelly: “People talk about whether the bond markets are predicting a recession. I’ll give a prediction. The chances of a recession in Ireland are 100 per cent.”

The chances of another recession in Ireland are 100 per cent, as the country is a small, open economy, highly-indebted, and relying on international i(...)

 Christine Lagarde’s  lack of economic training and financial markets experience have raised questions as she heads to Frankfurt.  Photograph:  Saul Loeb/Getty

The “Lagarde effect” on the markets was quick and dramatic. Longer-term interest rates – for which the benchmark is borrowing costs on government bond(...)

Investors are betting that Christine Lagarde’s nomination to be the next president of the European Central Bank will extend an era of ultra-loose monetary policy in the euro zone.

Irish long-term interest rates have hit a record low as the global bond market enjoyed a powerful rally on Wednesday. Investors are betting that Chris(...)

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England and Irish passport holder.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney is the favourite to replace Christine Lagarde as managing director of the International Monetary Fund, according (...)

Christine Lagarde’s lack of economic training and experience in monetary policy will prompt questions about her nomination as ECB president. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Christine Lagarde’s nomination by European Union leaders as president of the European Central Bank breaks new ground – and not only because she is a (...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi: his pledge to do “whatever it takes” to save the euro in 2012 has been a boon for Ireland and the NTMA. Photograph: Viginia Mayo/EPA

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) boss Conor O’Kelly joked yesterday that he should have a photo of European Central Bank (ECB) president Mar(...)

ECB chief economist Philip Lane says there is scope for an interest rate cut.

The European Central Bank’s new chief economist used his first speech in the role to claim that past monetary stimulus has been effective and that mor(...)

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