Ben Chu

Ben Chu is The Independent's Economics Editor. Previously he was the newspaper's chief leader writer.

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Officials in Athens have dened reports in Bild that finance minister Yanis Varoufakis was planning to resign

Greece finally unveils reforms plan in bid to unlock eurozone bailout cash

Over the next two weeks, Greece needs to pay €2bn in pensions and salaries

Martin Wheatley, chairman of the FCA, is accused of being in denial about what went wrong in last year’s calamitous “pre-briefing” of insurance market reforms

FCA lambasted by MPs over insurance market panic

The Treasury Select Committee uses its final report of this Parliament to fire a warning shot at the watchdog over the March 2014 debacle

The Office for National Statistics reported that there was zero consumer price inflation in February
Hostage to fortune? George Osborne gives the Mais lecture at the Cass Business School, February 2010

George Osborne: has he reached his own targets?

In 2010, the then shadow Chancellor, delivered the Mais lecture and listed eight 'benchmarks' against which he expected a Conservative government to be judged. Ben Chu adds up his successes - and failures

The Bank of England has become embroiled in an investigation that could damage the 321-year-old institution

The shadow of scandal falls over the Bank of England on Threadneedle Street

This week the Bank of England was embroiled in a criminal inquiry over possible rate rigging during the financial crisis. The affair has also raised hard questions about the central bank’s commitment to transparency

Ben Chu: Don't be taken in by the Chancellor's living standards myths

Economic View: Do mountaineers get 100 metres from the summit and celebrate? It's the peaks that matter

A Eurostar train

Eurostar sale: Government offload stake to raise £585m for Treasury

The Treasury will generate £585.1m in revenues from the sale of its 40 per cent stake in the Channel Tunnel train operator

Business Secretary Vince Cable

Business Secretary Vince Cable warns interest rate rises could hit Londoners

Mr Cable identified a severe shortage of new housing supply as the central problem in the property market

Chancellor George Osborne

Investment falls at its fastest rate since mid-2009

In the Autumn Statement in December the Chancellor said business investment was 'rising strongly'

The FLS channels cheap funding from the Bank of England to commercial banks on the condition that they pass on the money to borrowers

Funding for Lending Scheme fails to deliver for small firms

Net lending under the Funding for Lending Scheme slumped by £810m in the final quarter of last year

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Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
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The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
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The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
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Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
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How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
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Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
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Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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