Yvette Cooper

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

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Too soon to forecast Emu's extinction

Ministers are hostile, bankers baffled, but monetary union is still on the cards

Lira falls amid doubts over Italy and EMU

The Italian lira and the Spanish peseta both fell heavily against the German mark yesterday, as the confidence of traders and investors in Italy's planned early membership of European Monetary Union (EMU) began to unravel.

So politics isn't sexy ...

So teenagers aren't interested in politics. That's what yet another hand-wringing report said this week. Tell us something new. Politics isn't cool and it isn't sexy. Are we really surprised that young people can come up with something more entertaining to do?

Fate of single currency hangs in the balance

The success or failure of a single currency will depend on decisions made during the next year, according to an authoritative new report.

What's the cost of smoke, snort and shoot?

Economics: Drugs are big business but we don't know enough about the economics to stop the rot, writes Yvette Cooper

German borrowing fears boost sterling

The pound rose by more than three pfennigs against the mark yesterday, as the markets reacted to rumours that German borrowing will be much higher than the 2.9 per cent of GDP that the government is predicting, writes Yvette Cooper.

Brussels 'plan' to exclude Italy from EMU shakes lira

Rumours that plans were afoot in Brussels to keep Italy out of the first wave of a single currency led to volatile trading in the lira on foreign exchange markets yesterday. Italian government bonds also suffered.

So who's afraid of the big bad multinationals?

We should listen to Toyota's boss instead of demonising him, argues Yvette Cooper

EMU `crisis over the euro'

The "unpopular euro" has become the focus for "a crisis of confidence in European integration", according to a Bundesbank board member. Speaking to a conference on monetary union in Otzenhausen, Germany, yesterday, Bundesbank official Peter Schmidhuber launched a strong attack on critics of German monetary policy and institutions, in particular the French.

The Tories' spare change can open a lot of doors

Labour politicians will have rubbed their hands in glee when they heard Michael Portillo's ode to the Royal Yacht last week. The Defence Secretary has given them a wonderful gift, all wrapped up in red velvet - pounds 60m.
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