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China rejects Abe’s 1914 comparison

Foreign minister admits Sino-Japanese relations ‘very bad’

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The five themese Lionel Barber takes away from Davos
Mrs Moneypenny’s guidance to guidance to other female delegates

Brazil goes on corporate charm offensive

President Rousseff and team meet investors

Osborne and Summers clash on austerity

Ex-Treasury secretary ‘gratified to see the growth in Britain’

Abe and Rouhani delight Davos

WEF crowd aware two leaders could be transformative figures

  • Geneva deal won’t counter Russian resolve

    With pro-Russian separatists refusing to leave captured buildings in eastern Ukraine on Friday, it is already clear that Thursday’s Geneva agreement has done little to reduce tensions on the ground – or the threat of a Russian invasion.

    That the US, EU, Russia and Ukraine managed to agree on any document and concrete steps at all in Geneva was positive and unexpected. But some of those steps are already proving difficult to implement and provide no guarantee the situation in eastern Ukraine could not escalate further.

    Most importantly, there was no commitment by Russia to pull back the tens of thousands of troops it has massed on Ukraine’s border, which Washington and Brussels have both been pressing for.

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  • Shijuro Ogata, former central banker who opened up Japan’s bureaucracy

    By Jurek Martin

    The formal obituaries of Shijuro Ogata, the former deputy governor of the Bank of Japan who has died at the age of 86, will take due note of his policy making roles over a long career, invariably executed with acumen. They will also record that, as he frequently said with affection, he was hardly the most famous Ogata in his own household – his wife, Sadako, was the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for a decade and holder of more than one Japanese government humanitarian portfolio.

    What is less well known is the extent to which he was single-handedly responsible for opening up the previously closed Japanese bureaucracy to the western media – and all through the device of a tea party of his own mischievous creation.

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  • The Putin Show

    Judging from Moscow’s dark warnings over the threat of civil war in Ukraine, and its war of words with the west over the crisis engulfing its neighbour, one would assume that president Vladimir Putin would be under considerable stress.

    But on Thursday, the Russian leader was on top form. In the marathon televised question-and-answer session in which he holds court once a year, Mr Putin appeared at ease, well prepared, and, most importantly, very satisfied with what he has recently achieved.

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Carney tips low rates over medium term

BoE governor also confirms dropping direct jobless rate link

Tech revolution divides Davos delegates

Summers warns of lack of a Bismarck or Gladstone for digital era

Cameron urges EU against shale gas curbs

British PM says Europe needs dose of ‘Tory common sense’

Iran courts western oil majors at Davos

Talks focus on conditions needed to resume work as sanctions ease

Bankers assess once-in-a-generation reform

Talk of permanently lower and steady profitability

Brian Moynihan, CEO, Bank of America, and Bono, co-Founder of (RED)
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Bono and the banker join in Aids fundraising

BoA chief turns to pop in post-crisis search for lost trust

BoE signals scrapping of forward guidance

Carney flags dropping of 7% jobless threshold

Australian PM seeks to refocus G20

Nation wants group to rise above ‘talkfest’ during chairmanship

Chiefs remain reluctant to spend

Corporate leaders at Davos are resisting calls to aid recovery

Tensions rise over eurozone firewall

But hopes build for deal in Greek debt talks

Outlook looks less bleak from Alpine retreat

Unease remains over eurozone and global economy’s weakness

Germany isolated over opposition to boosting bail-out fund

Cameron criticises European financial tax

Comments in Davos likely to be seen as unhelpful commentary

Google protests at EU privacy rules draft

New laws would regulate how companies store and handle personal data

UK leads launch of £3bn green energy fund

Emerging and developing countries to benefit from initiative

Iran nuclear stance rings alarm bells at Davos

Delegates seem to be taking the prospect of war seriously

Cameron rebukes euro leaders over crisis

Davos speech reflects frustration with German leadership of eurozone

Gates pledges $750m to Global Fund

Grant coming in form of ‘promissory note’

JPMorgan admits it weighed euro exit

Bank stayed in troubled periphery for social reasons

Merkel set on beating crisis in eurozone

Chancellor warns against demanding too much from Germany

Money shovers can live without tax perks

The low rate on carried interest has become indefensible

Speed vital in eurozone crisis, say bankers

Income disparity tops list of concerns

Little consensus among leaders about what to do

Experts share downbeat mood at forum

China breaks 30-year tradition with Davos

Senior officials to miss WEF as dates clash with Chinese New Year

Warning over world economic outlook

Fund urges eurozone to break vicious circle

Confronting an age of austerity

An analysis of the hopes and concerns that beset world leaders as they gather in Davos

Newest bank chiefs choose to skip Davos

Russia found failing on pollution curbs

Global environmental concerns to be discussed at Davos

Faith in government plummets, survey says

Research for Davos says findings give companies ‘licence to lead’

Business urged to fill in for government

Unilever chief says institutions have ‘failed’

Postcard from ... Davos: The hotel with no staff

Fiftyone, the smart Swiss ski resort’s first ‘automatic’ hotel, oozes stylish efficiency

Minister urges Japan to use strong yen

Business advised to increase investment abroad

Chinese GDP growth rate falls

Analysts predict further slowdown during the year

Jobs at risk as global productivity slows

Gap disappearing between economies

Capitalism in crisis: A perilous path to prosperity

As west sinks, eastern economies soar