from The Great Debate:

Irish plunge stake through Catholic Church’s heart

By John Lloyd
June 5, 2015

A Yes campaigner poses for a picture in Dublin Castle as Ireland holds a referendum on gay marriage

A Yes campaigner poses for a picture in Dublin Castle as Ireland holds a referendum on gay marriage May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton

from MacroScope:

Tsipras talks up May deal with creditors

By Mike Peacock
April 28, 2015

Greece's PM Tsipras, Malta's PM Muscat, EU Commission President Juncker and France's President Hollande attend an EU leaders summit in Brussels

In his first major television interview since being elected in January, Greek premier Alexis Tsipras said last night he expected a deal with creditors by May 9 and that he would call a referendum if they insist on demands that the government deems unacceptable, leaving it to the Greek people to decide which way to jump.

from MacroScope:

Ukraine to get serious money

By Mike Peacock
March 12, 2015

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Lagarde speaks about the situation in Ukraine at a news conference in Brussels

The International Monetary Fund surprised on the upside with its programme for Ukraine last night, agreeing $17.5 billion in loans as expected but agreeing to pump $10 billion of that into the near bankrupt country over the next year and handing over $5 billion imminently.

from Breakingviews:

CRH’s $7.4 bln buy reveals M&A tolerance

February 2, 2015

By Chris Hughes

The author is a Reuters Breakingivews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Shire gambles AbbVie break fee on risky $5 bln deal

January 12, 2015

By Neil Unmack

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from MacroScope:

Sub-zero inflation

By Mike Peacock
January 7, 2015

A sign announcing a discount is pictured at an Electroniki retail chain shop in Athens

Following a dramatic fall in the price of oil, now down at $50 per barrel from above $115 in the middle of last year, euro zone inflation figures for December are likely to turn negative for the first time since 2009.

from Breakingviews:

Chiquita inversion slips on cash appeal

October 27, 2014

By Jeffrey Goldfarb

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from MacroScope:

ECB in the dock

By Mike Peacock
October 14, 2014

Protestors left some barbed wire in front of the euro sign landmark outside the headquarters of the ECB before its monthly news conference in Frankfurt

The European Court of Justice holds a first hearing on the legality of the European Central Bank's Outright Monetary Transactions programme. There won’t be anything definitive today but it serves to rekindle debate about the limits of the ECB’s powers.

from MacroScope:

Shocking German figures

By Mike Peacock
October 7, 2014

A new Mercedes AMG GT super sports car rim is seen during a factory tour for journalists at the Mercedes AMG headquarters in Affalterbach

After a stunning fall in German industrial orders for August – the 5.7 percent monthly drop was the largest since the global financial crisis raged in 2009 – industrial output for the same month has just plunged by 4.0 percent, also the biggest fall in five years.

from MacroScope:

EU carve-up

By Mike Peacock
July 16, 2014

Elected president of the European Commission Juncker is congratulated by European Parliament President Schulz after his election in Strasbourg

EU leaders meet for a summit at which they were supposed to decide who gets which European Commissioner posts – one for each member state – in what will be a huge carve-up, so huge in fact that it may well be that only a very few jobs are decided tonight.