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Our EU competitor now has more cultural clout than us, says Emily Dugan. Meanwhile Matthew Bell sets a quiz to find out how Teut-on-it you are (answers below)

Sean O'Grady: MPC's moment to make a dramatic intervention

"If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well it were done quickly." Macbeth might have made for an interesting external appointment to the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), if only for his sense of timing. Probably not quite as back stabbing as some as well.

Arena Leisure reveals rise in punters as it bids to attracts buyers

Racecourse operator Arena Leisure yesterday sought to woo potential bidders by revealing an 11.3 per cent rise in attendances as it battles to replace revenue lost from a fall in bookmaker funding.

A refreshingly down-to-earth royal wedding

Yesterday's nuptials between Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall broke the mould

ONS: Chancellor not to blame for economic mess

Office for National Statistics says growth figures hit by the royal wedding, unseasonably warm weather and the impact of Japan's tsunami

UK recovery under threat from lack of investment by businesses, report warns

British business is caught in an investment freeze that threatens to slow the already fragile economy, a survey shows today.

London Boom: Kate's dress is icing on the tourist cake

Tourists eager to visit Buckingham Palace for the royal wedding collection – which opened yesterday – have inundated the booking line. Extra slots are being created to accommodate the rush.

Duchess of Cambridge's dress goes on display

It was the most anticipated dress of the century - and now the public can see it up close when it goes on display at Buckingham Palace.

Leading article: Public confidence and a crisis that is too good to waste

A week ago, three senior Metropolitan Police officers – two now retired, one still in his post – appeared before the Commons Home Affairs committee. They had come to defend themselves and the Met over its tardy handling of the phone-hacking accusations. Rather than being heard in deferential silence, however, they found their responses challenged, disbelieved, even laughed at. They were savaged.

M&S shows its loyalty to struggling high street

Marc Bolland, the chief executive of Marks & Spencer, has reaffirmed its commitment to the UK high street at a turbulent time for the sector, as the April bank holidays helped it deliver a solid first quarter.

Troubled times on the high street as profit warnings soar

The tough conditions faced by high-street retailers were thrown into sharp relief during the first six months of the year as the number of profit warnings soared, according to new figures published today.

Prince, Hop Farm Festival, Kent<br/>Richard Cheese, Forum, London

His supernatural levels of genius are a challenge to my atheism. All other music is ruined for me

Manufacturing bounces back

The manufacturing sector recorded its biggest rise in production for more than a year as it bounced back from the disruption caused by bank holidays around the royal wedding and Easter, official figures revealed today.

Services sector on the rise again

The powerhouse services sector grew for the sixth month in a row in June, although business confidence slumped to its lowest for more than half a year amid fears over the faltering economic recovery.

Slight lift in mortgage markets last month

The mortgage market improved slightly last month, official figures showed today, but still remained muted as concerns over the state of the UK economy lingered.

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