Christine Lagarde: being the unlikely candidate has consistently been the making of her. Photograph: Saul Loeb

“No, no, no, no, no, no,” Christine Lagarde said last year when asked if she was interested in running the European Central Bank (ECB). What she meant(...)

Trade between China and Ireland is currently at record levels. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

In Dublin’s gossipy stockbroking community, it was a wonder that the talks were kept under wraps for so long. It emerged in early February that Goodb(...)