Sport Mohamed Salah, of Basel, holds off Chelsea's Frank Lampard during their Europa League semi final second leg at Stamford Bridge last May

Chelsea’s new signing accused of snubbing opposition before match

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Leading article: The triumph of the lobbyists

International co-operation on banking reform is axiomatically desirable. We live in an era of massive global capital flows and sophisticated cross-border banking. A firm like HSBC takes deposits from ordinary savers in Hong Kong but is regulated in London. Goldman Sachs collects money from clients in Europe and invests it in China. In a world of globalised finance, it makes sense for national regulators to work together.

David Prosser: Basel allows the banks to breathe a little easier

Outlook: While the G20 will no doubt embrace Basel III with great enthusiasm, many of its members have yet to fully implement Basel II, unveiled in 2004

Lehman two years on: banks cheer Basel accord

But there are fears over some countries ignoring the rules. James Moore reports

Bank watchdogs agree Basel III capital overhaul

Regulators double reserve ratios to protect against collapses

Banks running scared as Basel group increases reserves ratio

To the outsider, Basel is what passes for Switzerland's cultural centre: it is the site of the country's oldest university, and it is a tri-national city – with suburbs in France and Germany – which forms Switzerland's largest metropolitan area.

Regulators near Basel III deal

Global regulators, seeking to avoid an effective German veto of proposed new rules for banks' balance sheets, are expected to reach a deal next week in a dispute over the definition of capital reserves.

Album: Beethoven, Symphonies 5 & 6 / Antonini (Sony)

In the 17 years since Frans Brüggen completed his still-thrilling Beethoven Cycle, the most vivid recordings have been period-modern hybrids.

Osborne urges G20 to take on banks over new capital rules

Chancellor warns EU states not to back down over tougher regulatory regime

David Prosser: Warm words for the mutuals, but actions would speak louder

The problem is that mutuals have so far had little success in persuading the powers-that-be to promote their business model

Ernst Beyeler:Charismatic and influential art dealer who co-founded the Art Basel Fair

Ernst Beyeler was one of the world's most important art dealers, a charismatic and passionate gentleman of the trade who owed his success to a combination of luck, good judgement and friendships with some of his favourite artists. Aside from selling some 16,000 works in his lifetime, he and his wife Hildy built a personal collection encompassing some 200 pieces by 40 of the most important painters and sculptors of the last century, which since 1997 has been on public view at a specially designed museum at Riehen, near Basel in Switzerland. When choosing a picture for themselves, the deciding factor was always whether or not they would like to see the work in their own home.

Credit crisis cost the nation £7trn, says Bank of England

Bank director criticises current regulation and calls for structural reform

City brokers angry at new capital reserve regulations

City brokers, often dubbed the backbone of the Square Mile, could soon have to put more capital aside as regulators look to tighten rules regarding capital adequacy.

Philip Hensher: Independence day for a land with no name

This month, the southern half of Sudan moved closer to independence. The ruling party in Khartoum and the former rebels in the south agreed terms for a referendum, to be held in 2011. Nobody thinks that the result is likely to result in anything but a vote for independence. But one issue hasn't been resolved, as far as I know. What will the new country be called?

Lenders face £1trn funding shortfall, says Bank report

Restraint by banks would have spared taxpayers' recapitalisation costs
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