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The Bank of England’s flagship policy of forward guidance on interest rates will “evolve” next month, Mark Carney said yesterday, as he sought again to dampen expectations of an imminent rate rise.

A triumph of business and lunch

Davos - Competitiveness, the network society, monetary union, blah, blah, flexible labour markets, the pensions timebomb, currency stability, blah, blah, cybermoney, globalisation, blah, blah, deepening financial crisis, blah, blah, the yen-dollar exchange rate, systemic financial risk, blah, blah, blah, yawn.

Soros offers to pay Europe's new way

Billionaire currency speculator and philanthropist George Soros is preparing to put a considerable part of his fortune into promoting a "Congress of Europe" to bring about political reform in the European Union.

When Soros debunks capitalism, you know a sea-change is on the way

A grand ceremony took place in Bonn last week. Chancellor Helmut Kohl paid his respects to the memory of Ludwig Erhard, born 100 years ago. Erhard was briefly Chancellor in the 1960s. But he is revered for the years before that, when he served as Minister of Economics and was worshipped as the father of the West German "Economic Miracle" - the Wirtschaftswunder.

Why necessity is the mother of innovation

INSIDE BUSINESS

Two top international forecasters have reached widely differing views of Britain's competitiveness. How come?

Britain has jumped three places higher in the world competitiveness league, pulling ahead of all other EU countries except Denmark, according to a report published today.

When Swiss analysis goes completely cuckoo

Well, there's a thing. The two Swiss organisations which used jointly to produce the only serious attempt to rank countries by their competitiveness have this year gone their own separate ways. And yes, they have come up with startlingly different findings. With the benefit of hindsight, the World Economic Forum's divorce from the Institute for International Management Development was perhaps inevitable for the two seem to have radically different views of what matters in economic success.

Yeltsin tries to outshine Red star of Davos

PHIL REEVES

'Clean hands' candidate looks likely to be Poland's next PM

The governing coalition partners in Poland yesterday put forward a former Communist, Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, for the post of prime minister following the resignation of Jozef Oleksy over allegations that he had spied for the KGB.

Britain sinks to 18th place on competitiveness table

Economy: Report highlights deteriorating skills performance, education and attitudes to work

Heseltine hits at Eurosceptics

CABINET divisions over Europe were exposed again last night as Michael Heseltine, President of the Board of Trade, fired a warning shot against the Euro-sceptics. Mr Heseltine, a prominent pro-European, warned colleagues not to "wrap themselves in the flag", and hinted that concessions might have to be made in the 1996 inter-governmental conference.

OUTLOOK : British miss their place at the Kazakh dinner

By any standards this was a bizarre dinner party. The hosts were the President, finance and energy ministers of Kazakhstan, the venue a slightly down-at-heel three-star hotel in the Swiss ski resort of Davos. The dinner was part of the World Econo mic Forum, Europe's primary "networking" conference for business, political and academic leaders.

MARKET REPORT : Lloyds Abbey Life saga revisited

The FT-SE 100 index closed 4.3 points lower at 2,991.6, and the supporting FT-SE 250 index lost 11.9 to close at 3,370.4. Volume was 558.4 million shares with 18,083 bargains. Government stocks were firm.

Stuck on the slow track to Europe

Britain's uncoordinated, underfunded approach to transport policy is ba d for business

The most powerful circuit in the world

Rulers, thinkers and financiers have spent the weekend at a Swiss ski r esort. Their ruminations will shape our lives

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Paul Vallely reveals what is on offer at the top international gatherin gs
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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
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
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?