Bill Maris interview: Google Ventures into Europe

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The Week Ahead: Focus on under-pressure oil and gas sector

The under-pressure oil and gas sector will be in focus this week as a raft of producers and explorers update the market.

Why do employers rarely offer explanations to rejected candidates?

Will you tell that guy that you won't grab dinner with him because, to be honest, you found him a bit creepy and plus he's kind of ugly?

The former US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner arrives at Court to testify at the AIG trial

Is AIG's former boss the $180bn bailout victim?

AIG could have brought down the financial system in 2008. Its ex boss is now suiing the US for rescuing it – in a case backed by Occupy and the Tea Party

Carrefour is now just 5 per cent more expensive on brands than Lidl in France

Bon appétit: France offers Tesco hope in the supermarket price wars

Eyes will be on the firm this Thursday as it unveils half-yearly results. It should look to France, where grocers can show UK retailers how to beat the discounters

Big Tobacco puts countries on trial as concerns over TTIP deals mount

As Philip Morris sues Uruguay over its health warnings, the tiny country has found itself a test case for big business lawsuits that could hit the EU

The ‘Oasis of the Seas’, the largest cruise ship in the world

Super-sized ships arrive in Britain: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week. Simon Usborne measures up some giants of the sea
Jimmy Choo, whose shoes are designed by Sandra Choi (left), only raised £545m from its London listing

Are IPOs falling out of fashion?

As Virgin Money shelves plans to list on the stock market and designer Jimmy Choo endures a cut-price debut, James Moore considers the outlook for firms wanting to raise funds

We should either stay out altogether, or put boots on the ground,’ says Simon Murray as he oversees operations in northern Iraq. ‘Haven’t we got the balls to do that?’

Simon Murray: Soldier, explorer, chairman, sexist?

He is famed for his views on women executives. Now he’s firmly in a man’s world: finding oil in a warzone

The BBC’s studios at Media City in Salford, whose mayor typifies the kind of civic leader the regions need

Legal & General chief executive's three steps to fiscal fortitude

After a decade of wage decline and falling tax receipts, it’s no surprise the deficit is proving hard to clear. Here’s a solution, says Nigel Wilson

Eurostar’s sale is expected to attract £300m with French state-controlled firm Keolis tipped to bid

The Great British sell-off. Who’s in?

A stake in Eurostar is up for grabs and will herald a privatisation jamboree to tackle the nation’s debts and fix the economy. But not everyone is keen

Canada Goose's distinctive parkas have become increasingly popular, in spite of the fact that many of its products sell for close to £1,000

Canada Goose: From Arctic utility to urban chic

How a coat loved by rural airline workers became the world's must-have winter jacket
Minecraft has won praise for its minimal violence and for stimulating spatial awareness

Built to last: the Minecraft model

Minecraft is the most successful game since Angry Birds, but will it retain its minimal merchandising strategy once it’s in the hands of Microsoft?

Campaigners say it is no coincidence the EU is looking at consumer-facing companies such as Amazon

Amazon's tax strategies may have met their match in Europe at last

The EU’s Joaquin Alumia wants to know if Luxembourg gave the online retail giant a ‘sweetheart’ deal. If it did, that could change everything

TTIP Q&A: What is it - and should we be worried?

Q. What is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?

Construction is among the sectors where growth has slowed since the spring
Don't you believe it, says David Blanchflower
Premier Foods changed its policy on 'pay to stay' contracts for its suppliers after they were exposed
If you’re a large company with hundreds of suppliers, each individual firm is entirely expendable, writes David Prosser
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow
While low oil prices are toxic for the energy export-dominated Russian economy, they are a boon for Western consumers, says Ben Chu
Bankers who reach the dizzy heights of partnership status at Goldman Sachs achieve legendary status in the bank’s London office
Exclusive: Being a partner at the bank has an almost mythological status, and an internal memo seen by Jim Armitage shows the qualities needed to make it - like charging a pension fund $70m
Rocket Internet’s founder Oliver Samwer, centre, with the incubator’s chief executive and finance director when it listed in October
The German-based start-up factory has churned out more than 100 businesses in recent years. And now it’s looking to replicate its success here, says Oscar Williams-Grut
The rouble staged a brief recovery yesterday before resuming its slide
A massive central bank interest rate hike failed to support the rouble. This crisis is slipping out of Moscow’s control, says Ben Chu
Ringing the changes: BT has come a long way since the days of the General Post Office
BT's basic business of running wires into homes and businesses is hugely profitable, writes Hamish McRae
Satyajit Das: Donors are free to channel funds to their chosen causes, some noble, some hubristic and some just plain odd
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