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

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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.

So who's after our taxman?

Britain's fiscal system will be run by foreigners, say the Euro- sceptics. What nonsense, writes Yvette Cooper

O Superwoman

Nicola Horlick is a working mother of five who happens to earn pounds 1m a year. That does not make her superhuman.

The families we choose to forget

John Major has little time for low-income mums and dads, says Yvette Cooper

Thank goodness for middle-class angst over jobs

Forget those temporary contracts for computer analysts or market researchers, and consider instead the security guards, the shop assistants

Who would be a politician's wife in 1997?

Political partners are trapped by voters' prejudice, media hypocrisy and marital commitment
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