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

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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.

High street stays subdued in February

Shopping was subdued last month, according to the latest survey from the UK's leading employers' association. The Confederation of British Industry's monthly Distributive Trades Survey showed retailers reporting lower sales than expected in February, with only a few sectors experiencing strong growth. Companies have also revised their price expectations downwards.

Slow rise in consumer credit

Manufacturing industry continues to grow strongly, the housing market continues to pick up, but consumer credit is weaker than expected, according to figures released yesterday. The data give the Chancellor of the Exchequer more reason to keep a rise in interest rates on hold when he meets Eddie George, the Governor of the Bank of England, this week.

High risk? Sorry pal, count me out

Yvette Cooper argues that the private insurance market is not yet equipped to handle welfare provision fairly

EMU `delay' fears force banks to defend the lira

Central banks in Italy and Spain were forced to intervene in currency markets yesterday to support the lira and peseta after rumours that Germany was about to announce a delay in the timetable for monetary union.
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