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Now German troubles add to the eurozone's pain

The misery of the eurozone is not abating with the German powerhouse back in trouble, according to the latest snapshot of activity in the single currency area.

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Currency row is dismissed by Alex Salmond as bid to scare Scotland

Alex Salmond has accused George Osborne of “trying to scare people in Scotland” after the Chancellor seized on a report by the Treasury which warned it may not be viable for the country to keep the pound if it votes for independence.

Hamish McRae: What hope if Germany is floundering?

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Small firms give thumbs down for George Osborne's recovery plans

London’s small businesses delivered a harsh verdict on the Chancellor’s faltering efforts to kick-start the recovery today, with just one in 10 claiming the economy has improved in the last six months.

Portugal warned of further spending cuts

Portugal has been warned of further spending cuts, following two years of tough austerity measures since it needed an international financial rescue.

Nicos Anastasiades has authorised the accountant-general to cut his salary to show solidarity with Cyprus' savers

President of Cpyrus says country was a euro 'experiment'

In a speech laden with criticism of Europe’s currency union for “experimenting” with the island’s fate, the president of Cyprus has said the risk of bankruptcy has been contained and it has no intention of leaving the euro.

Otto Rehhagel: The German coach is so revered by Greeks that he was made an honorary citizen of Athens

German football coach Otto Rehhagel will lead
'charm offensive' to restore Berlin's image in Greece and Cyprus

Otto Rehhagel, the German football coach who led Greece to victory in the 2004 European Championships was unmasked as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s latest weapon in a campaign to restore Berlin’s tattered image in Greece and Cyprus.

Protestors shout slogans against EU at protest outside a Eurogroup meeting at the European Council building last nigh

Cyprus bailout spooks markets as banks told to stay closed until Thursday

Investors fear raids on bank accounts in other countries after Cypriot rescue deal is hailed by eurozone finance chief

The Cyprus bailout may please the Germans, but for Cypriots years of pain lie ahead

Cyprus can’t be said to be in the single market if there are severe limits to moving money

Cyprus deal is model for future bailouts says top European official as banks are told to open

The deal will see investors with more than €100,000 in the nation’s largest banks forfeit a large chunk of their deposits

Cyprus considers taxing a quarter of big deposits at largest bank as president prepares to fly to Brussels to discuss eurozone bailout

Finance minister says 'significat progress' is being made with proposals expected as early as this evening

Nicosia holds a better hand in this €16bn poker game

Who will blink first in this €16bn poker game? The European Central Bank’s threat to withdraw emergency funding from crippled Cypriot banks looks like an attempt to play hardball: scare tactics to force the politicians who threw out a hugely unpopular raid on savings into finding €5.8bn from somewhere by Tuesday.

Eurozone finance ministers admit being in a mess

It’s what everyone had been saying privately for days: the bailout package agreed by exhausted IMF and EU officials and finance ministers in the early hours of Saturday morning had lacked any foresight related to the political consequences of demanding that people give up part of their savings.

'No plans to recall British MPs' over Cyprus crisis

The Government has no plans as yet to ask for Parliament to be recalled if the banking crisis in Cyprus deepens over the Easter holidays, Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said today.

The yawn of a new era: Bingo has gone totally 21st century

Osborne's Budget Bingo: Like Mecca Bingo, only less fun for pensioners

There's the Budget speech the Chancellor should make (as seen by Matthew Norman on Voices today) and then there's the one he's almost certainly going to make. Once you've resigned yourself to that grim reality, Budget Bingo seems the sensible way forward

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Former helicopter pilot Major Tim Peake will become the first UK astronaut in space for over 20 years
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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own