Belgium adds to confusion over boost to bailout fund

The Belgian finance minister has hinted that the €750bn (£635bn) EU bail-out fund could be increased, in a further sign of the confusion and discord over the best way to tackle the Eurozone debt crisis.

Charles Nevin: It's not all doom and gloom. Not quite, anyway

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Irish rescue plan fails to stem fears about Spain and Portugal

Markets tumbled yesterday as investors looked beyond the Irish bailout, focusing instead on fears that the European debt crisis is spreading to Spain and Portugal.

Sean O'Grady: If Portugal is small enough to rescue, Spain may be "too big to save"

Spain's small regional banks, the cajas, are virtually bust as a result of reckless lending into the now-collapsed property market

Irish ministers deny any rescue deal imminent

Confusion was swirling around the Republic of Ireland's economic future last night amid continuing conflicting reports as to whether an international bailout may be on the cards.

AIG raises $37bn to repay bailout

The bailed-out insurance giant AIG has moved closer to the goal of paying off its debts after raising nearly $37bn in recent days.

Record borrowing casts doubt on Osborne's plan

Government borrowing soared to a September record of £16.2bn last month, it emerged yesterday as the Chancellor, George Osborne, stood up in the Commons to detail £81bn of spending cuts billed as bringing "sanity" back to the public finances.

Leading article: The weight of mendacity

There was a dull sense of inevitability as David Cameron announced yesterday the "deeply regrettable" news that Linda Norgrove was not after all killed when one of her captors detonated a suicide vest but probably by an American grenade.

The Business on: Nick Anstee, Lord Mayor of London

I thought that blond bloke with the bikes ran our capital city?

Banks will be told to maintain 7 per cent tier one capital

European banks will be forced to maintain a tier one capital ratio of at least 7 per cent, according to reports ahead of this weekend's meeting between financial regulators and ministers in Switzerland.

Social housing group Connaught calls in KPMG as administrators

Connaught was in the process of appointing administrators last night after the indebted social housing group admitted to investors that it was unlikely to find the money to repay its creditors.

Social housing firm Connaught 'close to collapse'

Devon-based social housing giant Connaught is on the brink of collapse, it was reported.

Government set for £30bn boost from bail-out

The Government is set to reap almost £30 billion from its holdings in British banks which it bailed out at the time of the financial crisis, according to an analysis published today.

Boyd rescues 'desperate' Middlesbrough

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Rupert Cornwell: US car industry drives back from the brink

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