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Inflation across the single currency bloc fell to 0.7% in January moving closer to deflationary territory

CRH chief executive set to step down

CRH, the building materials group, has announced that its chief executive Myles Lee will retire at the end of the year after five years at the helm and 10 years as an executive director.

Italy fears spark a shares sell-off

Inconclusive election result prompts worries of sovereign debt crisis return

New fears for pound after UK's credit rating drops

Sterling is expected to come under pressure tomorrow following the loss of Britain's gold-plated AAA credit rating.

Hamish McRae: Why Italy needs to vote for austerity

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Eurozone strugglers to win more time to cut their deficits

European Commission to extend deadlines as it slashes growth forecasts

Spain, Portugal and France likely to be spared further austerity despite poor EC forecasts

Spain, Portugal and France are likely be spared pressure by Brussels to impose more austerity, despite forecasts today from the European Commission showing that they will miss their deficit reduction targets.

Eurozone still stuck in reverse thanks to austerity

Deficit-busting targets for a trio of eurozone strugglers have been torpedoed by austerity and the region will not return to growth until next year, worrying new forecasts revealed today.

Rathbones planning to grow as its funds weather storms

Wealth manager Rathbone Brothers has recruited the former boss of Williams de Broë, Philip Howell, as deputy chief executive in a signal that it continues to have ambitious growth plans.

Ferrari drives to its best-ever year

Luxury carmaker Ferrari has declared that 2012 was the best year in its 66-year history.

G20 tension builds over Japan’s efforts to drive down yen

Global finance ministers braced for more skirmishes today in a week of simmering tension over “currency wars” as the G20 gathered in Moscow.

Golden numbers

Still worth taking a shine to gold

The precious metal may have lost some of its lustre as investors rediscover their taste for shares – but don't write it off just yet

Fall in German output worsens recession

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

'UK should avoid a triple-dip recession': But CBI cuts growth forecast

A leading business body has cut its UK growth forecast for this year but said the UK should avoid a triple-dip recession.

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

Derek Pain: Bright start is pointing to a sunnier year

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada