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Yvette Cooper is shadow home secretary and minister for women and equalities

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German boost for EMU

European finance ministers and central bankers are meeting in Noordwijk this weekend to discuss the future of the single currency after a quiet week for EMU speculation in the financial markets.

Italy's turn to make waves

COUNDOWN TO EMU 642 DAYS TO GO

British business `badly prepared' for introduction of euro

British business is badly prepared for a single currency, and could lose out as a result, irrespective of whether or not sterling is in the first wave, two reports warn today.

We might feel good, but so what?

When the economy is growing, we ought to like the government. Maybe, but not if disbelief and fatigue have set in

Loose talk creates a foretaste of turbulence

COUNDOWN TO EMU: 649 DAYS TO GO

Warning over EMU rates plan

The proposals being considered in Europe for managing the transition to a single currency leave the door open for speculators to destroy the whole project, according to a report by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

Lira falters on talk of EMU delays

The sensitivity of the markets to any adverse news about EMU was exposed yesterday when the mark climbed to a four-month high against the lira following claims by Klaus Dieter Kuehbacher, a Bundesbank council member, that the introduction of the single currency may have to be delayed.

German progress to EMU under spotlight

Germany's progress towards the Maastricht criteria will be discussed by European finance ministers in Brussels today, amid persistent speculation that German economic problems will cause EMU to be delayed.

World-wide surge in state sell-offs to bring in $100bn

World-wide privatisation receipts could reach an-all time high of $100bn this year, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Co- operation and Development released today.

A real escape from the poverty trap

A minimum wage might well enrich the state, but it could also fund a better benefits system, writes Yvette Cooper
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