Jens Weidmann

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Ursula von der Leyen: was once considered a potential reserve chancellor. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was attending an away day for the Bundeswehr armed forces on Tuesday, 45 minutes south of Berlin, when he(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

At one level, the succession battle under way in Brussels is simply that: a bare-knuckle political fight for control of the key European institutions.(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) speaks to  European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier   on the sidelines of the EU Summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

A weary Donald Tusk told journalists in Brussels early this morning that EU leaders had failed to agree on a new president for the European Commission(...)

Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann has his eye on the ECB governor role. Photograph: Bloomberg

Jens Weidmann has softened his stance on some of the European Central Bank’s most controversial policies, in a bid to alleviate concerns about his sui(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: “Weidmann is a convinced European and an experienced central banker and therefore suitable” Photograph:  Reuters

Jean-Claude Juncker has said he “would not mind” a German becoming head of the European Central Bank, in a sign that the European Commission president(...)

Philip Lane: he is set to be confirmed   as the Republic’s first ECB executive board member. He is also the favourite to become the organisation’s chief economist.  Photograph:  Reuters

When Otmar Issing, one of the prime architects of the euro, was asked in 2001 to help select an outstanding European economist under 40, one name stoo(...)

Nivea skin-cream maker Beiersdorf plunged to two-year lows after it issued a shock warning about its 2019 operating margins. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer

European shares ended a rally as a warning from Nivea skin-cream maker Beiersdorf took the glow off consumer stocks, prompting an outbreak of caution (...)

German Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

The euro zone has not yet been made crisis proof, so the European Central Bank is still at risk of having to function as a crisis-response unit, a ri(...)

Philip Lane’s departure from the Central Bank would create a race for the governorship of the institution. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Central Bank governor Philip Lane is poised to win the State’s first executive seat at the European Central Bank (ECB), triggering a succession race t(...)

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