There is still no major breakthrough in the US budget impasse. Finance ministers taking part in the IMF's annual meeting urged the Americans to quickly reach a compromise.
Wolfgang Schäuble is probably the most influential German politician never to have been chancellor. Now he faces new challenges as president of a German parliament that includes the far-right AfD.
Donald Trump's conflicting remarks on immigration have caused confusion in both Democrat and Republican camps. Trump has been firm in his push for a border wall with Mexico. But the fates of "Dreamers" remains unclear.
After the Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare collapsed, the party appears likely to move on with President Trump's legislative program. Next stop fiscal policy and the political minefield that will be taxation.
Greece's latest tranche of bailout cash has been agreed by 19 eurozone ministers meeting in Luxembourg. It includes steps to foster Greek growth and a stand-by promise from the International Monetary Fund.
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