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

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.

Cyprus woes set to deepen eurozone economy gloom

Financial turmoil in Cyprus risks dragging Europe’s economy deeper into the mire after a worsening decline for manufacturers and services, experts warned 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

Cyprus government proposes change to let small savers escape tax on bank deposits as parliament looks ready to reject bailout package in key vote and risk default

People with less than €20,000 in the bank would not have to forfeit any savings under new proposals

A protester against the bank tax

Frantic day ahead as EU tells Cyprus it can rethink controversial bailout terms as key vote postponed

Cyprus postpones crucial vote on controversial bank deposit levy as stocks plummet around the world

Hamish McRae: Time to deal with domestic blockages

Economic View

Hollande, Cameron and how not to be a leader

The French President appears too relaxed, while our PM has the opposite problem

Robert Chote, right, has rebuked David Cameron for misrepresenting its position on the impact of austerity measures

Economical with the truth? Independent financial watchdog the OBR slaps down David Cameron over claims that high taxes and cuts don't hurt growth

David Cameron was slapped down by his own independent fiscal watchdog yesterday, provoking a politically charged row over the economic impact of the Coalition’s austerity programme.

The Bank of England shrugged off fears of a triple-dip recession

Banks shrugs off triple-dip fears and keeps QE on hold

The Bank of England shrugged off fears of a triple-dip recession today as it held fire on pumping billions extra into the UK’s flat-lining recovery

Growth for 2013 slashed

The UK economy will grow by just 0.6 per cent this year, according to the latest forecasts by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

Editorial: Polio is going – but not yet gone

When a disease achieves “celebrity status” – garnering attention and resources – there is bound to be resentment among those working on other conditions that have been overlooked. HIV/Aids came to global notice in the 1980s and 1990s and sucked in funds on a scale hitherto undreamt of in the developing world.

Beppe Grillo's success in the Italian election is a victory for clean hands. We should learn from it

A population fed up with corrupt and self-serving politics produced this astonishing result, and the parallels with our national situation are clear

Market Report: Gold miners shine out in a sea of red

Amid turmoil on the equity markets, gold miners were seen to be nearly as safe as the gold they dig up. There was a sea of red across traders' screens as the market was spooked by the Italian government election deadlock but the gold price ticked up, and gold miners Randgold Resources and Centamin glistened as the second-best risers in the benchmark and mid-cap index respectively.

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