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WHEN the IMF revised down its 2014 growth forecast for the Eurozone last week, it felt like a sad refrain rather than a surprise. GDP in the single currency bloc is now expected to grow by just 1 per cent this year.
SOMEHOW Europe’s leaders have managed to undershoot even my subterranean expectations.
THE UK economy is doing well. Even so, it is not often that we are placed unequivocally at the top of a world ranking of any kind. But a team of economists led by Nicholas Gruen of Lateral Economics in Melbourne has done just that.
Liam Byrne, shadow minister for universities, science and skills, says Yes.
“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” Moshe Dayan, Israeli politician and military leader
Ahead of the 2016 Charter Review, the BBC is bunkering down to defend its funding through the licence fee.
The last-minute cancellation of his “40 years at Tesco” party suggests that Philip Clarke’s departure came as a big surprise. But in truth, his future at Tesco had been looking increasingly bleak for months.
Timothy Ash, head of emerging market research (ex Africa) at Standard Bank, says Yes.
“Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain” – The Wizard in L Frank Baum’s The Wizard of Oz
Throughout the past month, visitors to the City’s Paternoster Square might have been surprised by the sight of a giant bowler hat sitting proudly in place. 
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is consulting on its provisional decision to launch a formal investigation into UK banks. In other words, the CMA wants to increase competition in banking to better meet the needs of consumers.
Garden cities make for a fascinating debate, and it’s only set to intensify. The shortlist for the 2014 Wolfson Prize was released last month, and five plans for a new garden city edged closer towards winning £250,000.
"I do not want protectionist legislation, but we do need a last resolute national defence,” said business secretary Vince Cable in City A.M. this week.
The Lib Dems announced yesterday that they are heavily watering down their support for the “bedroom tax” – or more accurately, the Under-Occupancy Charge.
Like the age-old debate of nature versus nurture, the question of whether markets are driven by emotion or reason elicits the age-old answer: a bit of both.
Peter Lynch, the great American fund manager at Fidelity, returned an average of 29 per cent a year for his investors between 1977 and his retirement in 1990.
This is a rotten year to be a chief executive.
Mark Williams, chief Asia economist at Capital Economics, says Yes. The advantage of a state-led system like China’s is that policymakers have plenty of levers they can pull to prevent a slump in growth.
In London and much of the South East, the recovery has been well underway for a considerable period of time. House prices boom and restaurants are packed.
David Cameron’s last reshuffle before the general election is over and Westminster is still reeling from the shock of it all.
Yesterday's announcement that the government has shortlisted eight potential sites for a UK spaceport, and enabled a regulatory regime for manned spaceflight, is a breakthrough moment for our £11bn space sector.
Politicians everywhere have to decide between satisfying long-term national needs and achieving short-term electoral rewards.
The row between former chancellor Lord Lawson and the BBC has escalated over the past week.
Eric Pickles’s rejection of the redevelopment plans for Smithfield Market will have been as surprising and unwelcome to the City of London as Germany’s stunning World Cup defeat of the home team was to Brazil on the same day.
Dr Roger Barker, head of corporate governance at the Institute of Directors, says Yes.
My wife recently passed along to me an almost unutterably beautiful video from the Royal Shakespeare Company.
In 2018, the first Crossrail trains will come roaring in to Farringdon Station and commuters will spill out along its 200m platform.
If you woke up early yesterday morning and thought it might be a good time to get the weekly shop done, you would have had to forget it. Sorry, this is England.
ACCORDING to the Home Office, the Prime Minister, and other senior politicians, it is important that police and officials of all kinds should be able to look at your telephone and internet records.
Why should I let the toad work/ Squat on my life?” With the summer holiday season upon us, it’s easy, even in a hardworking and ambitious place like the City, for the mind to turn to the pleasures of life outside the office.
London is growing – and it is growing eastwards. A combination of large-scale redevelopment projects and underdeveloped land means that east London is in demand for both new homes and jobs.
Qing Wang, professor of marketing and innovation at Warwick Business School, says Yes.
The dramatic fall in Eurozone sovereign bond yields has led some to herald the end of the crisis. We believe this is premature.
The dream is over in Brazil; the illusion shattered. Despite President Dilma Rousseff’s claims that this would be the World Cup of all World Cups, for Brazilians it is now seen as the disgrace of disgraces.
Take That’s Gary Barlow has again been reported to have participated in complicated tax avoidance schemes. And as ever, discussion on the subject has been clouded by inaccurate reporting.
Mark Wallace, executive editor of ConservativeHome, says Yes.
Thousands of articles have been written about, and just as many reasons given for, the ongoing struggles of Marks & Spencer (M&S).
The financial crisis has undoubtedly created a demand in popular culture for works portraying capitalism in a bad light, such as the recent bestseller by Thomas Piketty – Capital in the 21st Century.
The proposal to change the name of Heron Tower, one of the tallest buildings in the City of London, to “Salesforce Tower”, has been met by more than its fair share of controversy.
Baroness Jo Valentine, chief executive of London First, says Yes. The problem with much of the discussion around this topic is that it assumes the capital’s success is to the detriment of other cities.
Marks & Spencer announced today that the new M&S website has failed to perform, with a fall in online sales of 8.1 per cent, and with the developm
Six weeks after the local elections seems an odd time to announce a new settlement for local government funding.
WITH Monty Python at the O2 arena and ongoing coverage of the NHS, I was reminded last week of the Python sketch showing a lady giving birth.
WHEN building St Paul’s Cathedral, Sir Christopher Wren is said to have erected screens to prevent people seeing his deviations from the plans until they were too late to undo.
Henry Overman, professor of economic geography at the London School of Economics, says Yes. When a major sporting event is announced, it’s common to see politicians use economic arguments to justify public investment.
MUNICH – As the Fourth of July comes and goes, I have been jokingly told by friends that I share a trait found more often in East Asian cultures; that of ancestor worship.
IN A slight diversion from my usual working day, I will be spending a good portion of this Friday judging cupcakes. Why? For the first ever City’s Giving Day.
THE CHOICE of the UK’s next EU commissioner presents a difficult decision for David Cameron.

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