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‘Podium potential’ cash opens new doors for brilliant distance runner

Fall in German output worsens recession

A shocking decline for the mighty German economy has sunk the eurozone even deeper into recession.

She says: 'I think that anybody who knows me knows that I'm not a pushy mum.'

Great Britain draw Argentina in Fed Cup

Great Britain's Fed Cup team face a long trip to Argentina in April after reaching the World Group II play-offs for the second year in succession. If they win in Argentina they will reach a level they haven't been to since 1993.

Satyajit Das: Europe's stealth integration will exact a heavy toll on Germany

Midweek View: The increase in commitments or debt levels will absorb German savings, crippling the economy

Editorial: Chilling echoes of history in Greece

Recent months have seen a marked calming of the crisis that, as recently as last summer, threatened to pitch Greece out of the eurozone and its remaining members – if not the entire world – into chaos.

Selling Britain by the pound: Time to short sterling, say currency traders

The pound was today heading for its worst month against the euro since the depths of the financial crisis as the UK’s waning “safe-haven” status sent traders rushing for the exits.

Ex-soldiers jailed for arms smuggling

Four former soldiers who tried to smuggle guns, ammunition and drugs into the country have been jailed.

Unemployment hits a record high in Spain

Spain's woes have reached a new peak as the beleaguered nation's austerity programme drove unemployment to a record 26 per cent, official figures showed.

IMF cuts UK and world economic growth forecast

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has trimmed its forecast for UK and global economic growth this year and next year.

Merkel and Hollande's date with destiny – and they insist the chemistry is working

France and Germany marked half a century of post-war partnership with celebrations and grand displays of unity in Berlin today despite serious differences over a common vision for the future of Europe and its single currency.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London: 'It is vital for the UK economy – for London – that it continues to be up to speed with global developments and ahead of them if possible'

Boris Johnson to make move from zip wire to high finance in effort to boost economic credentials

Mayor of London planning trips this year to China, the Gulf and South America to “sell” London as a place to do business

Slump for annuity rates deals blow to pension pots

Annuity payouts slumped by 11.5 per cent last year, their biggest fall since 1998. Rates have now fallen in 15 of the past 18 years and the average annual annuity income is less than half what it was in 1994, according to Moneyfacts.

Falling annuities deliver another blow to retirees

Annuity payouts slumped by 11.5 per cent last year, their biggest fall since 1998. Rates have now fallen in 15 out of the past 18 years and the average annual annuity income is less than half what it was in 1994, according to Moneyfacts.

Finance chiefs see clouds over UK lifting

Britain's boardrooms are shrugging off fears of a triple-dip recession amid rising hopes over prospects for 2013, according to leading financial chiefs.

Some welcome economic news as manufacturing sector shows growth

The new year kicked off with some welcome news on the economy as figures revealed activity in the manufacturing sector surged to a 15-month high in December.

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If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Robert Parker interview

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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