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Merkel writes the plumber’s guide to politics

The big unanswered question is what the chancellor intends to do with her victory

Banking is too undercapitalised for comfort

Leverage ratios closer to 5:1 will help give creditors confidence in liabilities

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The UK water regime calls out for change

Insufficient competition has bred a lack of accountability

Trump’s rhetoric only boosts Iran’s hardliners

The survival of the nuclear deal with Tehran is now at stake, writes David Gardner

Intrastate conflicts create new challenges

Without updated international laws, ever larger regions could become ungovernable

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Big Tech bonanza needs closer scrutiny

The complexity and convenience of the internet means it escapes lawmakers’ attention

There is no rush to raise rates in retreat from QE

With inflation undershooting, the Fed’s hawkish tone is baffling

Let the creative industries power Britain

Funds to boost regional clusters would further propel one of the best-performing sectors

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 16: Ellen Pao, Founding Team Member of Project Include, attends the Women In Technology and Politics dinner hosted by Glamour and Facebook at The Battery on August 16, 2016 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Glamour)

Why nice guys (and girls) should not finish last

Wanting to be liked at work is too often seen as a handicap

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How long can Labour’s uneasy truce over Brexit last?

It is not just the Conservatives: the opposition party also has sharp divisions over Europe

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