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My Week If there was any justice in the financial world, the people who run the big debt rating agencies would be hanging from lamp-posts along with the investment bankers for the way in which their activities contributed to the 2008 financial crash. But they emerged pretty well unscathed, barring a few uncomfortable sessions before congressional committees. Politicians threatened all sorts of legislative nasties at the time, but it turned out to be all sound and fury signifying not very much.

George Osborne must stay the course, says OECD

George Osborne's programme of deficit reduction was today strongly endorsed by the head of a major international economic organisation, who urged the Chancellor to “persevere” and “stay the course”.

German factories suffer as demand for goods slumps

Germany's economic might showed worrying signs of wilting yesterday as the country reported the biggest collapse in private-sector output in more than three years.

Fears of German recession follow Moody's warning

Germany's economic might showed worrying signs of wilting in the face of Europe's debt crisis yesterday after the biggest collapse for the nation's private sector in more than three years.

Francois Hollande publicly meets Ed Miliband

French president Francois Hollande brushed aside protocol rules to give Ed Miliband a warm public welcome to Paris today.

David Blanchflower: Yet more nails in Osborne's economic coffin

Economic Outlook: The Coalition bet the 2015 election on their economic policy working... all else was secondary

Give infrastructure bondscredit subsidies, says CBI

The Government should offer credit subsidies to pension funds and other institutional investors in order to unlock billions of pounds for infrastructure spending, the CBI argues today.

CBI in call for pension funds to be given credit subsidies

Business group urges Government to underwrite infrastructure projects to unlock investment

What the Sunday Papers said...

Independent on Sunday: UK warned of credit downgrade

Experian makes a loss in offloading PriceGrabber to Indians

Credit-checking group Experian yesterday finally unloaded its price-comparison website PriceGrabber and two related businesses for considerably less than it paid in 2005.

UK's borrowing costs near record lows as cash flees eurozone crisis

The interest rate on UK government debt fell to near-record lows as investors flocked to gilts as a safe haven from the eurozone chaos. Yields on 10-year government debt fell to 1.932 per cent last night.

Double-dip recession adds to woes of struggling Spain

The battered Spanish economy has officially slumped back into recession, as figures yesterday showed that the eurozone laggard shrank by 0.3 per cent in the first three months of the year.

Spain back in recession as fears grow of another bailout by the eurozone

The battered Spanish economy has officially slumped back into recession, as figures yesterday showed that the eurozone laggard shrank by 0.3 per cent over the first three months of the year.

Spanish debt sale raises €2.5bn but fears remain

Spain cleared a hurdle in the capital markets yesterday as it successfully issued new debt at an auction. But analysts continued to warn that Madrid's borrowing costs remain too high to be sustainable. The Spanish government sold €2.5bn of two-year and 10-year bonds in a debt sale. The yield – or interest rate – on the 10-year bonds was 5.7 per cent.

EU credit rating reform in tatters

Commissioner Michel Barnier is forced to step back from plans to make bond-issuers rotate agencies

Borrowing blowout highlights Osborne's challenge

A Budget-day borrowing blow for Chancellor George Osborne yesterday underlined the scale of his deficit-cutting task despite slightly better news on growth from his independent forecaster.

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