News Maths is the only subject where girls still lag behind boys

Girls lack confidence in their ability in maths and science and are therefore put off from applying for jobs in engineering and computing, a new study from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows today.

OECD cuts eurozone growth forecasts and backs to George Osborne's austerity strategy as Europe faces unemployment crisis

George Osborne’s deficit-slicing strategy gained backing from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, but the international thinktank called on the eurozone to turn to the printing presses to revive growth.

Ben Chu: Why isn't a global tax on multinational profits on the agenda for G8?

Outlook Big Brother watched you. And Google? Google just loves you. The internet search leviathan's boss Eric Schmidt told us so this week. "Google will continue to invest in the UK no matter what you guys do," he told the audience at the company's annual Big Tent shindig this week. "We love you guys too much".

Hamish McRae: Should Italy push for more fiscal prudence in this age of austerity?

It is a funny time in Italy. On paper the country's economy has now shrunk for seven consecutive quarters, making it the longest recession since the Second World War, and leaving it some 8 per cent below the peak reached in 2007.

Poor hit hardest by financial crisis and welfare cuts will make it worse

After taxes, the richest 10 per cent earned 9.5 times the income of the poorest 10 per cent in 2010

British Foreign Secretary William Hague visiting a World Food Programme Center on the outskirts of Beirut earlier this year

European countries cut international aid

OECD reports budgets are down by 4 per cent but Britain sticks to foreign-spending target

Hamish McRae: How to improve the lot of humankind - the guidelines

The noise of the past 10 days – our Budget, Cyprus – drowned out the news of the next stage of an important OECD initiative, the publication of guidelines to promote well-being.

Buoyant services firms fend off fears of a triple-dip recession

Sector's growth exceeds hopes with best performance since last summer

How women are still waiting for equality in the UK workplace

We are supposed to be entering a golden age for women in the workplace, an era where enlightened employers would finally appreciate the true qualities of the fairer sex, and where "mumtrepreneurs" would set up successful businesses like never before.

Global oil use set to hit new record this year

The prospect of rising oil prices was raised today after the International Energy Agency increased its forecast for daily global oil consumption this year by 900,000 barrels a day to a record average of 90.8 million barrels.

UK in family breakdown 'epidemic'

The UK has one of the highest rates of family breakdown in the Western world with just two thirds of children living with both parents, according to research by a global development organisation.

Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt

Google boss: I'm very proud of our tax avoidance scheme

Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt said £2.5 billion tax avoidance 'is called capitalism'

International Day of Disabled People: Why isn't Iain Duncan Smith looking at the barriers that prevent disabled people from getting work?

The likelihood of a disabled person in the UK being unemployed is twice that of a non-disabled person.

James Moore: A happy new year? Third helping of recession is starting to look more likely

Outlook Remember when everyone was twitching about a double dip recession? Those seem like halcyon days now that there's a new phrase creeping its way into the popular lexicon: The triple dip.

Britain is the fattest nation in Europe

Britain is the fattest nation in Western Europe, with more than a quarter of the population ranked as obese.

Michael McCarthy: World Energy Outlook is bad news as far as climate change is concerned

This year's World Energy Outlook (WEO) may look exciting to economists, with a new oil and gas renaissance meaning the US is soon to overtake Saudi Arabia and reclaim its position as the world's leading producer of hydrocarbons. But to anyone concerned about climate change, it is distinctly depressing.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links