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IS THERE a secret Leninist cell operating at a high level in the European Commission’s headquarters in Brussels? One which is dedicated to the overthrow of the capitalist structures of the European Union?
IT MIGHT be an uncomfortable truth for many to hear, but the UK is dramatically over-banked for the digital age. There are a little less than 10,000 bank branches across the UK, far fewer than the approximately 38,000 in France, for example.
Matthew Sinclair, an economist and author of Let Them Eat Carbon, says Yes.
WITH one simple policy – more free trade – we could make the world $500 trillion better off and lift 160m people out of extreme poverty. If there is one question we have to ask ourselves, it is: why don’t we?
McDonald's has been a major target for US protestors advocating a significant minimum wage hike. A multi-billion dollar company with a recognisable global brand, it has faced a high-profile campaign from those frustrated with low wage rates.
The corporate landscape is littered with companies like Tesco, HP and Sony. Once business trailblazers, they have somehow become pedestrian and their performance has suffered.
Andrew Carter, acting chief executive of the Centre for Cities, says Yes.
There is little doubt that Islamic State’s (IS) siege of Kobani in Syria is a gripping story.
It's not as catchy as “Brics”, but “ManShefLeedsPool” – the latest coinage from the Centre for Cities’s Jim O’Neill, formerly of Goldman Sachs – could have an equally seismic impact here in the UK.
European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi has faced an unenviable balancing act recently.
Chris Beauchamp is a market analyst at IG, says Yes.
Britain wants change in Europe, but we have to think harder about what change is worth having.
In the past few weeks, two women took on powerful positions in the financial services. First, Ana Botin became chairman of Spanish bank Santander, following the death of her father Emilio.
Richard Branson’s famous guerrilla campaign to break British Airways’s grip on Heathrow Airport is safe in history as a victory for competition and passenger choice.
Another update, another set of gloomy results from Tesco. The pattern is now well established, and yesterday’s weak trading numbers didn’t come as a great surprise. But one thing that did surprise was the apparent lack of a forward strategy.
Lawson Muncaster, co-founder and managing director of City A.M., says Yes.  I popped out for dinner last night – suitably dressed. No thanks to the powers that be, City nightlife is alive and well.
On Monday, the government will publish its final response to the Kay Review, which looked at how we can get financial markets to work better for the long-term.
Monday 7 July started out as any other day for me, but it quickly took a dramatic turn for the worse. Mid-morning, my aorta (the main artery from the heart) tore, and the rest of my life changed.
The Scottish Parliament has set out plans to levy its first tax since 1707.
James McGregor, director of Retail Remedy, says Yes. Mark Price is correct that structural shifts in retail are a far bigger threat to the Big Four (Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons) than Aldi and Lidl.
Investment bankers are a bit like accountants. They see opportunities from every eventuality.
When Labour were finally booted out of office in 2010, the departing chief secretary to the Treasury infamously left his successor a note – “I’m afraid there is no money,” it read. “Kind regards – and good luck!”
It was called the “Snappening” – the vast leak of Snapchat pictures, including thousands of nude images, some of them of under-17s – the app’s main demographic.
London is Britain’s global city. Between 1997 and 2012, its economy more than doubled, and that trend is set to continue.
Why can’t the UK government get its deficit down?
It’s here folks. Well, in the US at least.
Freya Beamish, economist at Lombard Street Research, says Yes.
So farewell then, Jose Manuel Barroso. The outgoing EU Commission president’s valedictory tour of our TV screens has underlined one inescapable fact: Europe’s bureaucrats are much too bossy, interfering and out of touch.
Forget political polls and voting intentions. The most important survey of recent months came from Pew Research on the attitudes of populations worldwide to capitalism and inequality.
Geeks and startup types are again gathering today in Billingsgate for TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference, a celebration of London’s tech sector. There’s a lot to celebrate: the sector hasn’t been this hot since the days of the dot-com boom.
Kerry Craig, global market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management, says Yes. We have been warning investors to expect more bumps, and this is exactly what we are seeing.
Something truly terrible happened in Hamelin, Germany in the early Middle Ages, something so dire it has become embedded in western consciousness as the fairy tale “The Pied Piper.” Whether the town experienced a severe case of the Black Death, a
What is the role of the lord mayor in the twenty-first century?” It is a common question that has been posed to me and my recent predecessors countless times.  
Ukip’s rise has led to fear in Westminster. Politicians see how the party has gained momentum, and they fret about the impact on the outcome of the general election next year, and in some cases their own jobs.
Robin Osterley is chief executive of Supporters Direct, says Yes.
Business bashing is in vogue.
LONDON’s technology sector is booming.
UK UNEMPLOYMENT hit its lowest level for almost six years in the three months to the end of August, dropping to just 6 per cent. This clearly brings some cause for optimism.
THERE has been a tremendous pick-up in volatility in markets recently, particularly equity markets.
Allie Renison, head of Europe and trade policy at the Institute of Directors, says Yes.
After days of fending off suggestions that its £800m flotation was in trouble, the challenger small business bank Aldermore finally succumbed to the inevitable yesterday.
Bankers are not stupid. This is hardly a controversial view in this newspaper, but it is a point which has been messily and repeatedly missed by EU regulators.
WHAT sort of banking industry do you want?
One of the hazards of policymaking is that many of the best-laid plans can have curiously unintended consequences. In implementing policy, meanwhile, government can often find its left hand undermined by its right.
Londoners like to think of the capital as a thriving international destination, full of creative people, bustling with ideas, and a cultural and entertainment rival to all the major cities of the world.
John West, equity capital markets editor at Dealreporter, says Yes. Institutional investors started 2014 hungry for European initial public offerings (IPOs) – even at full valuations. Not any more.
Once a regular fixture on the high street, growing compet­ition from online ret­ail­ers, sup­er­markets and the rise of e-books is taking its toll on book­sellers – even on chains such as Water­stones.
REPORTS of people cancelling safari holidays in Kenya and South Africa due to fears of Ebola (over 3,000 miles away in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) are the latest manifestation of the devastating impact on African economies wrought by the per
HOW MANY workers does the typical American firm employ? Actually, it is a trick question. The answer is “zero”. More than 50 per cent of all companies in the United States are one-person operations – the owner, and no-one else.
BUSINESSES in the City have long been struggling to bridge the divide between the diversity we see in our clients and society and the make-up of our own staff.

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