A cynic’s case for the bankers’ oath

Any oath-taking ceremonies would have a surreal quality

A surreal week with the Donetsk rebels

A bizarre kidnap and escape illustrate the transformation of the city, says Guy Chazan

Beware this latest digital contagion

Lisa Pollack finds the perfect answer to password paranoia but password snobbery is addictive

Gaza, Ukraine and antisocial media

The wonderful new tools of engagement are sending out the wrong sort of digital message

Casualties of China’s one-child policy

Birth quotas prompted as many as 100,000 international adoptions, writes Patti Waldmeir

Rebirth needed at ‘Midlands powerhouse’

A serious counterbalance to London is essential

Hollande in search of that regal touch

The French president is revamping his image in an effort to win voters, writes Hugh Carnegy

Can you slay a dragon twice?

Trade union leaders appear to be well down the list of today’s public bogeys, writes Brian Groom

Hothouse kids have a chance to cool off

Some parents are starting to think a summer of fun will pay off when term begins, says Patti Waldmeir

Hot-house kids have a chance to cool off

Some parents are starting to think that a stress-free summer will pay off when term begins, writes Patti Waldmeir

How united is UK business on Brexit?

Most assume the corporate world wants Britain to remain in the EU but the issue is not so simple

Career advice from Marina Keegan

The recruiters’ messages are offers of status and identity, writes John McDermott

A sharing economy, Chinese style

The flip side of a liking for opulence is a taste for thrift – just what is needed, says Patti Waldmeir

Spain gets a king for austere times

This week’s ceremony will involve constitutional mechanics rather than a transfer of divine rights

Has Salmond already won?

Even if the first minister loses on independence, Scotland looks set to gain fiscal autonomy, says Brian Groom

When big mama comes to the rescue

Shanghai government offers a makeover to China’s neighbourhood committees, writes Patti Waldmeir

Scottish vote: false notes and ‘fascism’

Many – but not all – of Scotland’s biggest artistic names have come out in favour of independence

The enduring power of lese majesty

Laws carrying heavy jail terms are wielded as weapons to shut down debate, says Michael Peel

Bloody wait for an October revolution

Three months in, the conflict in Ukraine is feeling like civil war, writes Courtney Weaver

The mating of China’s single ‘sea turtles’

Chinese who have studied overseas then returned find it hard to get a date, says Patti Waldmeir