European Central Bank officials are considering ways to ensure weak countries that stand to gain most from a fresh round of money printing bear more of the risk and cost.
Western companies are curtailing investments in Russia, repatriating funds and talking with their banks about currency hedges to protect profits from the falling rouble.
AS I sat in Buswells Hotel last Wednesday having a coffee with Michael Fitzmaurice, the newly-elected TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim, the adjoining streets were being cordoned off by gardaí in advance of the great water charges protest.
ICMSA leader John Comer is expected to comfortably win a challenge to his presidency which was tabled by West Cork national council member Stephen Shorten.
The Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, and beef processors were on course for a pre-Christmas clash after the factories refused to quote this week for non-quality assured (QA) and heavy cattle.