Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper is Shadow Home Secretary and Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford

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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.

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.

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.

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

Countdown to EMU: Huge questions still need answers on Europe's monetary `big bang'

In the first in a series of weekly reports `The Independent' assesses market perceptions of prospects for EMU; 365 Days to go

Fall in inflation puts Spain in place for rate cut and EMU

The Bank of Spain is expected to cut interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point today after figures yesterday showed a sharp drop in inflation. The new inflation figures raise the chances of Spain meeting the Maastricht criteria and joining EMU while leaving Italy on the sidelines.

Germany calls for tax policy

French and German finance ministers yesterday called for an EU-wide minimum tax on financial investments, a move fiercely opposed by the UK government.

Call for minimum EU tax on savings

French and German finance ministers yesterday called for an EU-wide minimum tax on financial investments, a move which is fiercely opposed by the UK Government.

EMI warns of danger of euro turmoil

The single European currency could face "unbearable strain" in its crucial "running in" period, the president of the European Monetary Institute warned yesterday.

Italy and Spain fail EMU inflation test

Four European member states, including Italy and Spain, would fail to qualify for economic and monetary union on the basis of their current inflation records, according to new figures released yesterday from Brussels.
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