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

Anthony Hilton: What’s the truth about Mario’s Italian job?  

A couple of years ago there was universal outrage when it was discovered well after the event that Goldman Sachs  had used its bankerly skills to help the Greek government of the time disguise the country’s true financial position  so it would qualify for membership of the euro.

The €200 note became a favourite for money-launderers

Just what the euro needs - another new member with a creaking economy

Croatia already effectively lives with interest rate decisions made by the European Central Bank so it might as well sign up for full membership

Hamish McRae: Bernanke sprang a bonds surprise but it may be for the best in the end

Ecnomic View: Understandably there has been criticism of the timing and phraseology of the Bernanke speech

Footsie at a 5-month low amid new eurozone fear

The FTSE 100 index hit a 5-month low yesterday as it ended a fifth successive week of losses, while disruption in Greece signalled there could be more turmoil ahead.

Share scare FTSE 100 falls for fifth week in a row and recalls 2011 bloodbath

London’s leading shares were today set for a fifth successive week of losses — their worst performance since the eurozone crisis triggered a summer of turmoil in markets in 2011.

Angela Merkel

Court to consider legality of ECB policy that saved the eurozone

Crisis could be reignited if Germany’s highest court rules against the European Central Bank

Activity at a career fair in Rolling Meadows, Illinois

US labour market adds 175,000 jobs in May - but is still short of hoped-for levels

The unemployment rate rsoe from 7.5 to 7.6 per cent

Mario Draghi, the President of the ECB

European Central Bank leaves interest rates unchanged, leaving unconventional measures to kick eurozone out of recession 'on the shelf'

The European Central Bank has left interest rates unchanged, admitting it has discussed a number of policy options in case the eurozone fails to emerge from recession later in the year.

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 4 June 2013

Profits ‘will soar at European airlines’

Eurozone in crisis: One in four youths is jobless as unemployment across 17 nations in the single currency reaches record high

Total unemployment rises to 19.4 million amid fresh criticism of austerity

Pressure intensifies on Bloomberg after new 'snooping' scandal twist

Bloomberg apologised after the financial news agency let its reporters access clients' information

Lloyds repays final loan of €3.5bn to ECB

Lloyds Banking Group, bailed out to the tune of £20bn by the taxpayer four years ago, yesterday made two moves signalling its strengthening balance sheet.

Lloyds pays back €13.5 billion to European Central Bank

Lloyds Banking Group, bailed out to the tune of £20 billion by the taxpayer four years ago, today made two moves signalling its strengthening balance sheet.

The bleak figures come ahead of minutes due tomorrow of the Bank of England's April interest rates meeting

Interest rate and quantitative easing on hold as Bank of England sticks to its guns

The Bank of England today decided against giving a further boost to the British economy in Governor Sir Mervyn King’s penultimate meeting at the helm.

Aussie rates cut provide tonic for stock markets

The FTSE 100 index has hit its highest level since December 2007, buoyed by a cut in Australian interest rates, some better-than-expected German factory output data and the afterglow from last week's decent US jobs report.

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A Syrian general speaks

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‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
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11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain