Voices The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement should have good news on the deficit and employment – even if the national debt remains disturbingly high

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement should have good news on the deficit and employment – even if the national debt remains disturbingly high

Stephen King: We must be cruel to be kind to save the world from a longer-term headache

There is, I think, an answer to the world economy's growing problem with inflation. It does, however, require acts of bravery on behalf of the developed world's policymakers and acts of maturity on behalf of policymakers in the emerging world. The solution is fraught with risks but at least it would be a coherent response to a crisis which has been associated with inaction and lame excuses.

G7 announces plan to restore confidence to financial system

The G7 group of leading industrialised nations set out a 100-day plan to shore up confidence in the financial system and promised a further string of reforms for implementation before the end of the year to try to avert a repeat of the current credit crisis.

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The Chancellor, Alistair Darling, has failed, so far, in his attempt to persuade all of the G7 group of leading economies to create, in collaboration with the World Bank, a "green fund" for emerging and developing nations to draw upon as their economies advance.

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The Chancellor, Alistair Darling, risked a row with his opposite number from Washington yesterday by rejecting calls from the United States for a co-ordinated global boost to demand for the world economy.

Outlook: G7 divided as ever

GORDON BROWN is a politician, so he's bound to put the most positive gloss he can on international reaction to his various initiatives on African poverty. There he was at the World Economic Forum in Davos a week ago claiming that Germany and France had swung full square behind his international finance facility (IFF) for the doubling of aid to Africa. The G7 meeting in London last weekend was meanwhile hailed by the Chancellor as another breakthrough that would go down in history as the "100 per cent debt write-off summit".

Britain promises debt relief for 19 countries

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The United States dealt a damaging blow to Gordon Brown yesterday, rejecting one of his key proposals to tackle African poverty.

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The United States dealt a damaging blow to Gordon Brown yesterday, rejecting one of his key proposals to tackle African poverty.

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MERVYN KING, Governor of the Bank of England, has set himself a new challenge. Having largely succeeded in a lifetime's ambition to make domestic monetary policy predictable and boring, thus depriving columnists like me of what used to be a staple diet of surprises and cock-ups, Mr King wants to do the same to the international monetary stage, which with its vast trade imbalances and sometimes violent currency corrections, he thinks of as far too excitable for its own good.

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