An influential figure in Spanish banking and politics, Rodrigo Rato was the predecessor of Dominique Strauss-Khan, who has also had extensive legal troubles.
David Greene talks to David Wessel about whether Greece will receive more loans in exchange for promises to overhaul its economy. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution
People make buying decisions based on something that is really hard to measure: how we feel. Our Planet Money team reports on the holy grail of economics: knowing what consumers are going to do.
Large projects funded by the bank have left millions of poor people worse off, an investigation found. The bank says the vast majority of its projects don't fall into this category.
Federal regulators close commercial sardine fishing in an effort to rebuild the depleted populations of the fish. Sardine shortages are blamed for the high rates of starvation deaths of sea lion pups
Most smartphones have a built-in FM chip. But whether or not it's activated is in the hands of the mobile carriers, who profit when you stream radio. The broadcast industry is pushing to change this.
The Los Angeles Unified School District wants Apple to pay up for poorly performing software on its iPads.
When Magic: The Gathering became a hit, its creators faced a surprising problem.
China says 57 countries have signed on as members of the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, but the U.S. is not among them. Some analysts say the bank is a sign of diminished U.S. power.
Golf courses are water hogs, and that thirst is especially notable as California's drought grows in severity. At Pelican Hill, a top golf course near Los Angeles, water conservation is an obsession.
The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.
Etsy — the company best known for selling handmade goods — is going public. The financial media is having a lot of fun with this IPO, even mocking it as "artisanal." But it's actually serious business. The company has grown steadily and is considered one of the more promising recent IPOs.
Pumpjacks have been part of the American landscape for decades, and they remain essential in today's shale fields.
After a nearly five year investigation, European Union officials on Wednesday charged Google with antitrust violations and opened an investigation into its Android operating system.
Citing a boom in natural gas and shifts in demand, the Energy Information Administration says the U.S. could stop being a net energy importer "sometime between 2020 and 2030."
The little box is for presidential public financing. At first, it was relatively popular but now fewer people are checking the box and more candidates are rejecting the funds.
Saying that Google abused its dominant position in the search market "by systematically favoring its own comparison shopping product," a European panel releases a list of antitrust charges.
The European Union has been looking into whether Google favors its own products in online searches. EU officials have filed a complaint against Google. The tech giant has not yet formally responded.
What's a fair way to divide up California's scarce water? The current system relies heavily on history: Some farmers will get water, others won't, simply based on when their land was first irrigated.
Over the past 25 years, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched China turn into the world's second largest economy. He explains what could halt the country's massive growth.