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Scotland's First Minister will have face-to-face talks with the latest Bank of England governor for the first time

Corporation tax black hole raises spectre of further cuts

Ten per cent slump in revenues means George Osborne may be unable to hit his fiscal targets

German opposition urge Chancellor Angela Merkel to be 'honest' on Greece

Ms Merkel was called to address the German parliament hours after a key meeting of European finance ministers failed to reach agreement on ways of bringing down Greece’s debt mountain

Never mind, George E. – you're in good company...

George Entwistle's 54 days as the BBC's Director-General might be considered short, but he lasted longer than many others in high-profile jobs.

Editorial: Aid to India still has its place

This week, charities working with the poor in three of the most deprived states of India, mainly on elementary education and health projects, will be discussing how best to close down their operations in record time. This follows Justine Greening's decision, announced last Friday, to cut off all financial aid to India by an earlier-than-expected deadline of 2015.

Emerging from the gloom? The Bank of England in London

Smoke and mirrors? A real boost for Chancellor? Or is £35bn Bank deal just an accounting exercise deal?

George Osborne has been accused of resorting to “smoke and mirrors” to give himself a fighting chance of hitting his self-imposed debt reduction targets.

You're on, Professor Brian Cox: George Osborne pledges to make Britain world leader in science

The Chancellor George Osborne said that he is up to the challenge of astronomer Brian Cox to make Britain the best place in the world to do science as he promised to make scientific innovation central to the country’s industrial strategy.

Greek bailout delayed despite vote

The next tranche of bailout cash cannot be released next week, even though the Greek parliament narrowly backed more unpopular austerity measures yesterday.

Pubs raise a glass to MPs as they call for new look at Beer Duty Escalator

Britain's beleaguered pub industry was given some hope yesterday after backbench MPs forced the Government to look again at rules which make beer duty rise faster than inflation.

The Queen meets Dame Helen Ghosh at a reception for winners of the Queen's Awards for Enterprise at Buckingham Palace in 2010

Top female civil servant: PM has got a problem with women

It’s tricky for female MPs to break into ‘Old Etonian clique’, Whitehall figure says

Olympics chief Paul Deighton takes seat in House of Lords

London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton took his seat in the House of Lords today.

Merkel's rival admits income broke the law

Peer Steinbrück, the main challenger to the Chancellor, Angela Merkel, in next year's German elections, faced a barrage of criticism yesterday after he revealed that he had earned €1.25m (£1m) as a public speaker and admitted breaking the law by failing to declare some of the income.

Two-tier road tax plan would exclude some drivers from motorways

Poorer drivers could be priced off motorways under plans being examined to set up a two-tier system of road tax. The proposal is being considered by Whitehall officials as they consider how to reform vehicle excise duty, which currently raises £6bn a year for the Treasury.

Government's 3p-a-litre rise in fuel duty could cost 35,000 jobs campaigners say

The Government’s 3p-a-litre rise on fuel duty could lead to 35,000 job losses in the New Year and stall economic growth, campaigners warned today. 

ICC chief prosecutor accuses Kenya’s government of failing to provide evidence for post-election riot accused

The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) chief prosecutor today said Kenya’s government had not cooperated fully in providing evidence for the trial of four prominent Kenyans accused of fuelling post-election violence in 2007.

Of the 431,000 jobs created by the UK economy in the past year, 318,000 are part-time

Figures to show Britain has emerged from recession

Ministers will today hail Britain's "healing economy" as official figures show it has emerged from double-dip recession, but have been ordered not to mention the "green shoots" of recovery.

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