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Latvia Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis

Latvia’s reward for austerity? Membership of the euro in 2014

Baltic state will be 18th to adopt single currency, despite opposition within the country

France faces deeper recession than we feared, warns IMF

France faces a deeper than expected recession this year and must overcome "critical obstacles" to improve competitiveness, the International Monetary Fund warned yesterday.

David Mamet's 'Race' at the Hampstead Theatre

Theatre review: Race, Hampstead Theatre, London

Sitting awkwardly at the centre of David Mamet’s eighty-minute play about race called Race is a four-letter word about sex.

The Business Matrix: Thursday 30 May 2013

A £52m refit for BBC's Bush House

Making moves towards a Britain where graduates don't need to go to extreme measures to get a job

There’s little doubt that universities have become more commercial in their outlook

No quick recovery for UK economy says top Bank official

Britain will have to wait for the boom times to return despite “some signs of a pick-up” in the economy, Bank of England rate-setter Paul Fisher declared yesterday.

Bekele Geleta's caution comes as police battle with rioters in Stockholm

Unrest may spread across Europe, warns Red Cross chief

Charity boss 'worried' by effect of austerity measures on Continent's poor

Boom times look to be a long way off, MPC’s Paul Fisher warns

Britain will have to wait for the boom times to return despite “some signs of a pick-up” in the economy, Bank of England rate-setter Paul Fisher declared today.

Ben Chu: This was Plan B all right

Outlook Some commentators are saying the IMF's advice to Mr Osborne this week did not amount to a call for the Chancellor to adopt an economic Plan B. I beg to differ. The IMF did not say the Government should merely permit the automatic stabilisers to function – which is what Mr Osborne means when he talks about his plan's flexibility. It did not say the Treasury should cut more to allow more infrastructure spending, enabling the overall deficit programme to continue at the same pace. What the IMF said is that the UK should not cut the structural deficit this financial year. At all.

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde leaves her apartment building before appearing in a Paris court

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde in court over money to disgraced tycoon Bernard Tapie in 2008

Former finance minister allegedly bought Tapie's support for Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential bid

Britain’s recovery, led by Chancellor George Osborne, is slower than 23 of the 33 advanced economies monitored by the IMF

The opinion of the IMF shouldn't matter, but Osborne has ensured it does

The IMF has called on the Chancellor to press the pause button on austerity for the sake of the health of the economy. It's the cause of particular embarrassment

Hamish McRae: Quietly optimistic about growth, in spite of the IMF

Economic View: Let's not get excited, but if the big three keep on bringing in the bacon, the Government will be able to get the deficit down

James Moore: The IMF is backing a plan B for Britain

Outlook Talking of the IMF, its main reason for being in town yesterday was to give its view on the current state of the UK's economy.

Triple blow for economy underlines IMF fears for recovery

Retail sales falter, manufacturing is flat and public debt stays stubbornly high
George Osborne under pressure to change his economic policy after latest criticism by IMF

Time for Plan B? IMF tells George Osborne to ease pace of spending cuts

Labour says advice echoes its own longstanding call for the Chancellor to ease up on his cuts

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