Negative rates pose corporate conundrum

European companies still unsure about putting cash to better use

Emerging markets ready for Fed acid test

A Federal Reserve rate increase would shake up central banks

Irish voters back same-sex marriage

Referendum reinforces diminished role of the Church

‘Do it for me’ culture threatens DIY

Fewer young consumers have the desire to tackle DIY

Protestors take part in a demonstration...Protestors take part in a demonstration calling for a referendum on the European Union (EU) Lisbon Treaty, outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, on February 27, 2008. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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Labour drops opposition to EU vote

Party says it will support Cameron’s bill to enable a referendum

Yemen offensive sparks Saudi jingoism

New Middle East order feeds sectarian fervour

Sweden trumps Russia in 60th Eurovision

Italy takes third in songfest, which this year included an entry from Australia

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Japan experts defend ‘go for growth’ plan

Hopes rise escaping deflation will deliver a jolt to growth

UK cities unite over regional spending

West Midlands councils hope to benefit from English devolution

Suffering Australian miners turn to pot

Resource groups swap mechanical diggers for medicinal marijuana

The bank of England, City of London.
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BoE mis-sends Brexit email to press

Officials confirm research into impact of EU departure

Comment and Analysis

The power of negotiation

Diplomatic successes have convinced George Mitchell and Jonathan Powell that seemingly irreconcilable differences can be bridged

Steve Hilton: out of step Tory guru

‘Hiltonism’ fed off the man’s inability to grasp a system he longed to control, writes Giles Wilkes

An illustration of Sepp Blatter
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Why Sepp Blatter is a genius

Fifa boss understood very early that there’s a new world order in which westerners don’t matter much

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"I think CDS desensitise lenders/arrangers to credit risk. It's like having a quickie divorce available after a drunken wedding in Las Vegas. Debt should be like a marriage with each party knowing it is to a large extent binding. Without the quickie "out" that CDS offer, credit risk would have been respected more and less credit would have been extended."
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