Shares in Air France KLM fell sharply on Wednesday. Photograph: ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images

Shares in Air France KLM fell sharply on Wednesday after the Dutch government said it would take a 14 per cent stake in the airline, highlighting ten(...)

In Rome, deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini said any budget sanctions against Italy would be “ungenerous”.

Euro-zone finance ministers remain worried about Italy’s budget row with the European Commission and are waiting for the next move from the EU executi(...)

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire proposed a compromise to secure agreement for an EU-wide digital sales tax. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s finance minister, Olaf Scholz, had long conveyed reservations about the European Commission’s proposed directive for a digital sales tax (DS(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Ireland is among member states calling for reforms to the ESM, the EU’s loan bailout fund. Photograph: Tom Honan

The EU’s emergency bailout loan vehicle, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), should be given new powers to vet potential loan applicants’ budget p(...)

US president Donald Trump talks to reporters about journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance prior to boarding Air Force One in Maryland. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president Donald Trump has said it “certainly looks” as if Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and pledged “severe” consequences if Saudi roy(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel greets French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday during German-French government consultations near Gransee in Germany. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

The Republic has joined 11 other euro-zone countries in signing a joint email urging a wide-ranging discussion among European Union leaders next week (...)