Fears that the eurozone could tip into outright deflation have been fanned as the inflation rate in the currency bloc hit a new five-year low of 0.3%.
The Australian tax commissioner has left open the possibility that the digital payment system bitcoin could be considered legal tender in Australia.
France's new economy minister, former investment banker Emmanuel Macron, has taken a shot at the country's short working week, suggesting regulation should be eased and firms given the freedom to up staff hours.
Britain's economy will grow at its fastest rate since 2007 this year, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said, but called on policymakers to ensure the performance is not a "flash in the pan".
Emmanuel Macron, an ex-banker who became a top adviser of French President Francois Hollande, was named his economy minister.
The spectre of property speculation is stalking Ireland once more, as soaring house prices in Dublin bring warnings that the country is in danger of repeating the mistakes that brought the economy to its knees during the financial crisis.
Geopolitics in the Middle East and Eastern Europe has dominated financial headlines. But investors should focus more on the U.S. recovery and the Federal Reserve 's response as market drivers.
Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen said on Friday that the US economy was improving but warned there was a “possibility that the severe recession caused persistent changes in the labour market’s functioning”.
Quantitative easing (QE) programs by central banks under the right conditions will always have a positive outcome for household demand, according to Willem Buiter, chief economist at Citi, who predicts that Japan and the euro zone will soon launch "massive" stimulus packages.
San Francisco Federal Reserve President John Williams said hiking the benchmark interest rate in the summer of 2015 is a "reasonable guess" based on the current economic progress, noting a broad improvement the labor market.
Singapore's economy expanded at a slower pace in 2015 as an improvement in trade and finance failed to offset a sharp slump in manufacturing, official data showed.
Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said the Bank does not yet consider negative interest rates to be an appropriate stimulus measure for the UK.