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

Angela Merkel’s in-tray: Greece, austerity and banking union

German voters have spoken and put the veteran Chancellor in pole position to form the next coalition government of the eurozone’s dominant economy. Ben Chu examines the  decisions and dilemmas facing Angela Merkel in the wake of her party’s Bundestag victory

Germany election: Markets soothed by Angela Merkel win

Survey suggests service sector growth beating forecasts

What the Sunday Papers said…

The Independent on Sunday: ‘Bad bank’ RBS plan will be rejected by Treasury

The Treasury is set to unveil its verdict on a break-up of Royal Bank of Scotland shortly after the Tory Party conference. A Government-commissioned report is expected to reject a full-scale split into a good and bad bank, but could recommend hiving off RBS’s troubled Irish business in a bid to appease senior members of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards who favour a break-up of RBS.

José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

Jose Manuel Barroso: End is in sight for eurozone crisis, but recovery threatened by 'political instability'

European Commission President appeals to member states to redouble efforts to quell financial turmoil

Europeans are out of love with EU institutions, but still committed to the union

To keep the euro steady, it's vital that the ECB and other institutions regain public trust

Carney gives first steer on UK economy

New Bank of England guidance policy could see interest rates held for foreseeable future

Hamish McRae: US economic good news may just be the tonic that interest rates thirst after

Economic View: What happens to US rates affects the rest of the world but so too does what happens to the US economy

Satyajit Das: Trapped central banks and the semiotics of monetary policy

US Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has introduced the term ‘taper’ to the lexicon of central banking. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s stated strategy is “whatever it takes”. Economic Commissioner Olli Rehn recently clarified that European policies were directed at ‘diluting’ not ‘breaking’ the link between banks and sovereigns.

Greece secures €6.8bn more in bailout funds

The Greek government has passed another crucial hurdle in its bailout programme after it secured €6.8billion (£5.8billion) from international bailout lenders. The money, which will be allocated from the troika of the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), comes after an agreement on further cuts to the public payroll across the country.

Hamish McRae: People are moving to where the jobs are – within Europe or outside

Europe is experiencing a huge shift in population, exacerbated by the eurozone’s rigidities

After Mark Carney's first policy meeting the Bank of England denied that monetary stimulus was coming to an end

Mark Carney debuts with clear signal Bank of England will not raise rates soon

FTSE 100 surges, sterling plunges within seconds of announcement; ECB echoes with first ever forward guidance for markets

Market Report: Chancellor's chop good news for RBS

Axe swinging by George Osborne at Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) investment banking arm helped it to achieve top spot on the blue-chip index yesterday.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Vicky Pryce back on firmer ground with speedy analysis of euro crisis

Ms Pryce showed every sign of absorption and none of nervousness

Sources: IMF, OECD, Thompson Financial Datastream and Bloomberg

Hamish McRae: Working out how to quit QE will be new boy Carney’s first challenge

Mark Carney begins work at the Bank of England tomorrow. There is a great temptation, as you can see from the stuff that is being written about the appointment, to see this as leading to a significant shift in policy – something that will enable the UK economy to reach “escape velocity”. The fact that the Bank has been given additional responsibilities for regulating the banking system, making the job on paper at least more powerful, increases the temptation.

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