News Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence

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

In this year's Budget, George Osborne showed he's committed to the illusions of a Torytopia

It used to be said that the best Chancellors are like snake oil salesman. Alas for this one, he's not too good at selling things. But will it cost him or his party?

Budget 2013: Employment - Companies get boost in cuts to NI and benefits for employees

Britain's businesses were given a range of measures to offer more staff benefits and cut employee costs, including a £2,000 cut to firms' national insurance contributions, in today's Budget.

Budget 2013: 'A tax off jobs' as small businesses given Employment Allowance boost

Up to 2.5 million employers will benefit, while 450,000 of the country's smallest businesses will no longer pay any employer NICs

Eurocrats engage in Cyprus blame game

The German government insisted yesterday it had not demanded that Cyprus hit ordinary depositors as the price of its eurozone bank rescue, pointing the finger of blame instead at the government in Nicosia and the institutions of the eurozone.

Baptism of fire awaits Jack Lew in China

The US Treasury Secretary has a list of difficult issues to address as he arrives in Beijing for his first foreign trip

Cyprus rescued with €10bn bailout but savers will have to pay

Savers in Cypriot banks will be forced to hand over up to 10 per cent of their deposits to raise about €6bn

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel’s Prime Minister and leader of the Likud party, Mr Netanyahu is almost certainly going to remain in office after the 22 January elections. A canny political operator, Bibi, as he is widely known, was the first Israeli prime minister to be born in the country

After a delay of 51 days, Benjamin Netanyahu finally forms Israel's new government just ahead of deadline

After weeks of angry public exchanges and protracted negotiations, Benjamin Netanyahu finally formed Israel’s new government today hours before an extended deadline expired.

State could end up with big QE profit

If interest rates stay low the Treasury could be in line for a £50bn windfall

G4S profits dive as it pays for Games fiasco

G4S saw its pre-tax profits dive by a third to £175m last year after the security giant swallowed £88m in costs for its high-profile failures over the London Olympics contract.

A general view of houses in residential streets in Newport, Wales

English people who relocate to Wales may get tax breaks

Treasury tax plan to ease strain on South-east and boost Wales's economy

George Osborne's pledge to cut deficit set to fail, warns OBR

Watchdog says only surge in tax revenues or drop in state spending could help Chancellor meet targets

George Osborne's pledge to cut deficit this year set to fail, warns OBR

Watchdog says only implausibly large surge in tax revenues or a significant drop in state spending could help Chancellor's boast be lived up to

Japan trade gap leaps as weak yen hits imports

Japan registered its worst ever monthly trade deficit in January courtesy of a jump in energy import prices which were driven up by a tumbling yen.

EU talks to cap banker bonuses are 'threat to City's fabric'

Talks reach deadlock as experts fear Britain will be the biggest loser

Japan splits on economy hold up new bank chief

Political splits over Japan’s hyper-aggressive plans to jump-start its struggling economy have delayed the appointment of its top central banker, it emerged today.

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