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  • Leading article: A crisis in Athens and a looming disaster for Europe
    Friday, 17 June 2011

    The Greek state certainly needs to reduce its spending and to curb its borrowing. Successive governments overspent during the boom years. They also faked their national accounts in order to conceal the true level of public borrowing. There are also h...

  • Leading article: Politicians and regulators need to show their mettle
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    The Chancellor told his audience of City of London grandees that he will accept the Commission's ring-fencing proposals. He also said that UK banks should hold more capital than the international minimum of 7 per cent of their assets. But does the fa...

  • Letters: Perspectives on the Arab Spring
    Friday, 17 June 2011

    Bahrain: it's time for the UK to get tough Now the US has put Bahrain on the UN Human Rights Abusers list, the Government must take a tougher line and threaten sanctions. To date 1,109 people have been detained and 61 prisoners have "disappeared"...

  • Leading article: A promotion that gives no comfort
    Friday, 17 June 2011

    The West can take some comfort that it has taken so long for al-Qa'ida to announce the succession, despite the fact that Zawahiri was Bin Laden's deputy. The delay may suggest divisions at the top of the terrorist organisation. But al-Qa'ida's new le...

  • Jeremy Laurance: The world cannot afford to ignore this biological menace
    Friday, 17 June 2011

    Less feared, but just as deadly, are organisms which have found a way around our defences by evolving protection against the antibiotic drugs we use to destroy them. It is their indestructibility, rather than toxicity, which makes them lethal. Forty ...

  • Letters: Saudi forces in Bahrain to help
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    Using columns, features and news to publish misinformation in repeated attacks on our people and rulers amounts to libel and will be treated as such in accordance with the law. With reference to Mr Fisk's column on Tuesday, the Kingdom of Bahrain ret...

  • Leading article: Strikes that will only extend the pain
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    The immediate triggers, of course, are particular to each country. Here, it is the public sector up in arms over pay freezes, job cuts, and pension changes. Three months ago, up to half a million people took part in a protest march through London. Th...

  • Stefan Stern: Behind corporate walls, the masters of the universe weep
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    It is almost as though he is adopting the stance first advocated by the Barclays boss, Bob Diamond, a few months ago (and prior to the chancellor’s proposed banking reforms announced last night). Reflecting on the great financial crisis of the past t...

  • Leading article: Band on the run
    Friday, 17 June 2011

    You can see why the organisers chose the revamped St Pancras International station as the venue for a six-week summer music festival. More than a million people cross its concourse every week. In an age of ever-dropping CD sales and, most recently, a...

  • Sean O'Grady: IMF had no option in rush to prevent a horror show
    Friday, 17 June 2011

    The first tremor would be felt in the European Central Bank and national central banks. They would be looking at losses of anything north of €30bn and would require recapitalisation from individual governments (those who can, that is). Even an orderl...

  • Ian Burrell: This is a blow to the prestige of 'Panorama'
    Friday, 17 June 2011

    It is particularly painful for the BBC because it damages the reputation of Panorama, which as BBC trustee Alison Hastings pointed out yesterday is more than 50 years old and "held in very high regard". Since the 2004 Hutton report led to the resigna...

  • Leading article: Teenage kicks
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    The season's biggest gathering is set to be this weekend on the Gower peninsula, with upwards of 20,000 students. But Newquay in Cornwall is another favourite, with the beach, as it is for Americans, the essential backdrop. When the organisers insist...

  • Deborah Ross: First find your exam-facing teenager...
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    You will need: An exasperated air; a nagging tone of voice; a jabbing finger; a copy of Paradise Lost (or similar. Wuthering Heights works just as well, as does The Tempest). Directions: Turn oven up to max as you may want to put your head in it. Alt...

  • Sean O'Grady: Riot all you want: the economic facts remain the same
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    It is too late now to say that Greece should never have joined the euro at all, as the country simply took the opportunity to borrow at "German" low interest rates but without German high productivity and exports. But it is true that if Greece had no...

  • Sean O'Grady: Commission recommends separation of retail and investment banking
    Thursday, 16 June 2011

    The crucial thing in this is that the banks will be allowed to stay legally whole, just as they wish, and not forcibly broken up in the way that, one suspects, the Business Secretary Vince Cable and the Governor of the Bank of England, Sir Mervyn Kin...

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