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

New turmoil in eurozone sparks worldwide sell-off

Fear stalked markets today as the prospect of political gridlock in Italy and panic over a new phase in the eurozone crisis triggered a global sell-off.

Hamish McRae: Why Italy needs to vote for austerity

Economic View

The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has embarked on a huge programme of monetary and fiscal stimulus to jump start the world's third largest economy out of its third recession in five years

G20 summit to focus on 'currency war' threat to economy

Tension builds over Japan's efforts to drive down yen, but ministers resist crackdown

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.

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

Nations need trillions to spur growth, experts warn

The world’s biggest nations will struggle to raise an extra $8 trillion (£5.1 trillion) in badly needed investment without “far-reaching reform” of the global financial system, a panel of international experts warned today.

Former Anglo Irish Bank to be liquidated after emergency laws are enacted in Ireland

The former Anglo Irish Bank is to be liquidated after emergency laws were enacted in Ireland overnight.

Satyajit Das: Europe does not have the funds to solve sovereign debt crisis

Midweek View: The Lisbon treaty prohibits the European Central Bank from directly buying national governments' debt

Euro jitters return on Spanish graft allegations

Spain was yanked back closer to the danger zone as financial markets reacted badly to accusations of corruption made at the weekend against Mariano Rajoy's ruling Popular Party.

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.

Britain's safe-haven reputation in doubt on GDP slump

Europe banks rally and sterling takes tumble in latest blow to Chancellor

The Business Matrix: Friday 18 January 2013

North Sea drilling revival

A skating rink and market in Athens yesterday as the pressure eased on Greece

Is Greece's eurozone future finally safe?

Athens has got its Troika bailout cash and seen its credit rating upgraded. So can Greece now breathe a little easier? Not so fast, says Ben Chu

David Cameron with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the EU summit in Brussels

Cameron okays integration in return for new EU deal for UK

PM demands concessions as quid pro quo for closer eurozone monetary union

Now Congress must sort out the fiscal cliff crisis

The World in 2013: the people, themes, trends and problems that will define our global economy

Our Chief Economics Commentator says that while many economists make wrong predictions, there is value in trying to identify future patterns. He has a go below

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