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Spanish bank says it has no "current plans "to float its UK arm

Tulchan advised Cooperative Group throughout the recent crisis surrounding its shamed ex-bank chairman Paul Flowers

Tulchan blames 'worst year' for financial PR for profit slide

One of the City’s leading public relations bosses has blamed what he said was the worst year for financial PR in a decade for a slide in profits, describing conditions as “trying to walk up a down escalator”.

Satyajit Das: Ditching expansionist policies is like trying to escape from Hotel California

Das Capital: It's like listening to Monty Python's mortally wounded Black Knight

Derby-based Direct Help and Advice has accused RBS of costing it at least £150,000 by mis-selling an interest rate hedging product to support its mortgage loans

Debt charity warned future in doubt after RBS uses stalling tactics to major mis-selling claim

A debt charity has warned its future is in doubt after the Royal Bank of Scotland used stalling tactics to avoid sorting out a major mis-selling claim.

Self-proclaimed 'mother of the street', Dee Roberts, returns to Benefits Street tonight

Benefits Street and The Great Sport Relief Bake-Off: What to watch on TV tonight, Monday 13 January

Samantha Bond bakes a cake and Romanian migrants arrive in Birmingham

Are rising house prices leading to higher numbers of homemovers?

Meanwhile, more than a third of borrowers worry that their mortgage application will be turned down

Builders warn housing spurt may be scuppered by end of Help to Buy

Chancellor pressed to clarify strategy beyond 2016 amid forecasts of sharp housing slowdown

Payday lenders’ default fees could break the law

Many payday lenders could be breaking the law by charging excessive default fees to borrowers who miss repayments, according to Which?

The Business Matrix: Monday 13 January 2014

Asos expands into Russia and China

Help to Buy lifts high loan-to-mortgage loans

More evidence has emerged of the dramatic effect that Help to Buy is having on the UK mortgage market.

James Ashton: A cautionary lesson? Sweden’s technical edge under threat after education reforms

Some think fees for foreign students are having a detrimental effect

Far-right party Golden Dawn is expected to perform well in municipal and European Parliament elections

Just what Greece didn’t need: BNP leader Nick Griffin seeks Golden Dawn alliance

Athens plays centre stage to a worrying political development

Defunct payday lender Toothfairy was under investigation by the OFT when it went bust last year

Payday lender Toothfairy, which went bust late last year, was under investigation for dodgy practices the Office of fair Trading has revealed.

Romanian and Bulgarian students fear exclusion from UK universities after being faced with loan freezes

A number of Romanian and Bulgarian students at UK universities fear losing their places due to loan freezes as part of a Student Loans Company investigation.

Lotus drives deeper into the red

Lotus suffered a 40 per cent slide in the number of sports cars sold as losses at the Malaysian-owned engineer worsened dramatically last year.

Cobie Smulders and Vince Vaughn in 'Delivery Man'

Delivery Man (12A) - film review

The premise seems funny enough: Vince Vaughn is a hapless delivery driver, in debt to the mob, who discovers that he has fathered 533 children through sperm donations he made 20 years before. Now, many of these children are suing to discover his identity and his cop girlfriend (Cobie Smulders) is pregnant with his first “real” child.

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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003