News Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Front, sits next to Dutch leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV) Geert Wilders, at The Hague

The move by Geert Wilders of the Dutch Freedom Party and Marine Le Pen of France’s National Front, came ahead of next year's elections which EU officials fear will bring a surge in support for nationalist and xenophobic parties

Bruce Anderson: Brown cannot bank on China’s stability

A bowl of rice is no longer enough to guarantee acquiescence

Obama arrives in Canada with immigration, economics and environment on the agenda

There was snow on the ground in Ottawa yesterday as Air Force One touched down for Barack Obama's deliberately low key, first trip abroad as president.

Brown meets Pope and Berlusconi in Rome

Gordon Brown insisted today every continent must contribute to a "global bargain" that would lead the world out of recession.

Bank will print money as UK sees 'deep recession'

The Bank of England is ready to launch a policy of "quantitative easing" – printing money – in an effort to lift the economy out of what the Bank calls "a deep recession". The Bank's central forecast, in its latest Inflation Report, suggests that annual growth in the UK economy will hit a nadir of -4 per cent in the summer of this year.

EU summit: Leaders to end credit crunch infighting with 'shoot-out'

Bickering EU leaders will attend an emergency "shoot-out" later this month to try to end the conflicting policies, fears of tit-for-tat protectionism – and exchanges of insults – generated by the economic crisis.

Save your own skin. Will free trade yield to bunker politics?

Wildcat strikes over 'British jobs for British workers', 'Buy American' slogans, EU hints of tit-for-tat. Is protectionism back, ask Mark Leftly and Simon Evans

Obama gives reassurance over 'Buy American' bill

The Obama administration backed off from a trade war over protectionist measures, saying it would now make sure that a massive stimulus bill would not break any agreements.

Credit crisis diary: Desmond forced to grovel

The spat between Richard Desmond and the hedge fund firm Pentagon Capital continues, and very much not in favour of the media baron. Desmond fell out with Pentagon last year, after some of the company's funds were frozen and it was unable to return an investment of his. Desmond has now had to publish a humiliating apology to Pentagon in the Sunday Express. After the row began, the paper, which Desmond owns, published a series of accusations about the honesty of Pentagon and its senior staff. Now the paper has admitted the allegations were untrue and – embarrassingly – that the article was based on comments made by Desmond himself. Damages have also been paid.

Jeremy Warner: A manifesto to save the free market

<i>The Independent's</i> Business and City Editor sets out a 10-point plan to defeat the credit crunch and preserve our economic system for future generations in the face of this global meltdown

Adrian Hamilton: Politicians must recognise that globalisation is in retreat

You cannot brush aside the strikers' concerns with free trade platitudes

Jeremy Warner: Unpopular Tarp gets Obama treatment

Like everything else devised by the Bush administration, the $700bn Troubled Asset Relief Programme (Tarp) for bailing out the US banking system is being rethought.

A world out of work

UK unemployment is on the verge of breaking through 2 million, but joblessness is a global epidemic and the number of workers at risk is without precedent. Sean O'Grady reports

Leading article: Our leaders must make the case for economic liberalism

They must do more than just condemn these howls of misguided rage

Now China's premier gets flying shoe treatment

Wen Jiabo could have been forgiven for looking forward to his grand tour of Europe, culminating in a three-day visit to Britain.

Stephen King: Roquefort cheese dispute may be first whiff of a return to financial nationalism

As a symbol of the growing protectionist backlash, it’s hard to beat the protests in the UK last Friday. Repeating Gordon Brown’s pledge to create “British jobs for British workers,” the protesters demanded protection against foreign workers in the construction industry.

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