Hamish McRae: What hope if Germany is floundering?

Economic View

Hamish McRae: We're buying new cars, but still wary of other big-ticket spending

There will be a lot of attention in the coming weeks to what the new Governor of the Bank of England will or won't do, and there is a danger that expectations will be too high – not so much of him but of the role of central banks in an advanced economy.

Hamish McRae: Leaders must admit failure before Europe can recover

Economic View: If the German economy were to falter, we would have the makings of a catastrophe on our doorstep

Hamish McRae: Banks' misdeeds allow us to scrap our old bangers

One of the puzzles of the past year is how British consumers have managed to keep increasing their spending despite the continuing squeeze on their incomes and without further running down savings – rather the reverse.

Hamish McRae: Events have overtaken inflation targets

Economic View

Hamish McRae: Ah, the Callaghan years! PMs ranked by the market's rise

Economic View: By leaving office in June 2007, Tony Blair managed, in stock market terms, to sell at the top

Hamish McRae: How to improve the lot of humankind - the guidelines

The noise of the past 10 days – our Budget, Cyprus – drowned out the news of the next stage of an important OECD initiative, the publication of guidelines to promote well-being.

Hamish McRae: German bailout patience wears thin

Ecnomic View

Hamish McRae: The markets are right to shrug off the Cyprus crisis – for now

The dog did not bark in the night, indeed it barely whimpered. The turmoil in Cyprus pushed down the euro a bit, though it clambered up on Friday, but markets as a whole reacted with equanimity.

Hamish McRae: Time to deal with domestic blockages

Economic View

Hamish McRae: China's need for oil will send it in search of skills

It looks as though this year China may pass the US as the world's largest oil importer.

Hamish McRae: How can we get back on the long road to growth?

Economic View: In the case of Japan, economic stagnation was probably inevitable. In the case of the US and UK, it isn't

Hamish McRae: Why bad news hasn't fazed the markets

Economic View

Hamish McRae: Primary school maths whiz kids are set up for life

An important, if troubling, bit of research has just been published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, backed with some government money.

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The venture dug a hole for itself when it sought to raise funds for its Russian goldmines
Petropavlovsk's shareholders yesterday voted to wipe out the value of their investment. Jim Armitage reports on how the shine came off the company
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David Potts started out as a Saturday boy in Tesco
After a vertiginous rise through the ranks of rival Tesco, David Potts was yesterday named boss of Morrisons. So are his former employers in his sights? Simon Neville finds out
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Six banks were fined, including Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), for trying to manipulate foreign-currency prices are a stark reminder of the need for sweeping changes
Video: Oscar Williams-Grut provides a run-down of the day's major news from the City
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The HSBC tax evasion files are just the tip of a probable mountain of tax avoidance hidden in tax havens around the world
The department has spent several years investigating HSBC’s Swiss unit and how it allegedly helped US citizens evade taxes, writes James Moore
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Markets at the turn of the millennium were overpriced - it was the height of the dotcom boom, says Hamish McRae
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Card Factory, owned by Charterhouse, was one of several discount retailers to float on the market last year
Last year it was discount stores and online fashion. This spring’s crop of retail floats, Alex Lawson reports, is being led by furniture. They will join a more wary market
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David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
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150 years after it was outlawed...

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Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
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Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
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Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
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China's wild panda numbers on the up

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