News Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his special address at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos

Japan’s trade deficit has hit an all-time high as imports were swollen by higher energy prices and a weak yen.

Eurozone exit plan wins Wolfson Economics Prize

The greatest threat to the future of the single currency is that Greece could exit the euro and prosper so much that other nations would want to leave too, said Roger Bootle, of Capital Economics today.

David Cameron backs eurozone banking union

Banking union within the eurozone will not necessarily mean a fundamental change in Britain's relationship with the EU, David Cameron said today.

David Cameron vows to win 'safeguards' for Britain at EU summit

David Cameron today warned fellow European leaders that he would not accept any reduction in Britain's EU rebate.

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and four women pose naked, in this photo from November 21, 2011. Police told Ai that a file of the photograph had been opened online more than 1,000 times, and that meant he was effectively spreading pornography

Ai Weiwei threatened with pornography charges over nude photograph

Chinese police told dissident artist Ai Weiwei today that he could face bigamy and pornography charges and barred him from travel, despite lifting strict bail conditions imposed after his detention.

Argos drives up Home Retail Group's shares by 15%

A vastly improved performance at the catalogue chain Argos in its first quarter drove a sharp spike in Home Retail Group's shares yesterday to cheer its beleaguered investors.

Bank shares suffer over Spain fears

Fresh fears about the Spanish economy triggered a pummelling for bank shares today as markets failed to make meaningful gains following Greek elections.

George Osborne's Greece-euro view is 'shared', says Downing Street

Chancellor George Osborne was speaking for the Government when he raised questions yesterday about continued Greek membership of the euro, Downing Street said today.

Germany and France feel the eurozone squeeze

The two largest economies of the single currency see exports fall and growth forecasts reduced

Argentines bang pots and pans to protest at government

Several thousand Argentines protested against the government of President Cristina Fernandez by banging pots and pans in front of the presidential palace in Buenos Aires late yesterday.

Satyajit Das: Problems galore put the brakes on India's economic potential

Economic Outlook: Successive governments of every... persuasion have failed to undertake meaningful reforms

British public will not prop up ailing European banks, says David Cameron

David Cameron today pledged that he will not ask British taxpayers to underwrite the debts of ailing banks in Greece and Spain.

Leading article: A voice of euro-fatalism that must be challenged

Just when the European Union might have welcomed a fortnight's breathing space, between the Yes vote in Ireland and the Greek election on 17 June, up pops George Soros, billionaire philanthropist and all-purpose financial guru, to throw his venerable spanner in the works. At a conference in Italy, Mr Soros warned that there was but a three-month window to save the euro.

Pound slumps against US dollar

Holidaymakers may be getting good rates on their euro but the pound has slumped against the dollar.

Sony share price down to pre-1980 levels

Sony's stock price has fallen below the 1,000 yen barrier (£8.30) for the first time since 1980 in a symptom of its decline since it found huge success with the Walkman three decades ago.

Stephen Foley: Why can’t exchanges stay open all night?

US Outlook It is time to mothball the closing bell of the New York Stock Exchange. That ring-a-ling-a-ding might be iconic of American capitalism, but the opening hours of US exchanges are starting to look anachronistic in an age of 24-hour connectivity.

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