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    Scotland’s patriots can vote for the union

    Three weeks before the referendum and Alex Salmond’s campaign for an independent Scotland has still to answer the simple...

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    Q&A: The battle over EU fiscal rules

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    François Hollande steps up call for EU budget flexibility

    François Hollande has called for a special eurozone summit to agree measures to boost growth and soften the tempo of budget...

  2. 16 hours ago

    Europe’s next foreign policy chief

    The EU’s heads of government will meet in Brussels on Saturday to select two of the bloc’s leading office-holders for the...

  3. 17 hours ago

    Germany considers capping child benefit for migrants

    Migrants to Germany from other EU states may have child benefit capped at levels paid in their home countries, under...

  4. 17 hours ago

    The German locomotive has become Europe’s liability

    The news that German output declined in the second quarter has dented the country’s economic euphoria, but only a little....

  5. 21 hours ago

    European Council presidency race is wide open with six contenders

    The mounting consensus that Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini will be chosen as the EU’s next foreign policy chief...

  6. 23 hours ago

    Oil auction may end well for Shell, badly for Nigeria

    It is decent of Nigerian operators to offer a Shell-led consortium top dollar for its onshore oil. Many locals have been...

  7. August 26, 2014

    David Cameron backs Polish PM to head European Council

    David Cameron has offered to back Donald Tusk, Poland’s premier, as the next European Council head, despite a blazing row...

  8. August 26, 2014

    Abolish the ‘illegality industry’ at Europe’s borders

    Crisis is the word at the rich world’s frontiers. At the UK borders, migrants are prised out of shipping containers or...

  9. August 26, 2014

    EU looks to Italy’s foreign minister as foreign policy chief

    Europe’s leaders are poised to select Italy’s foreign minister as EU foreign policy chief at a summit on Saturday, despite...

  10. August 26, 2014

    Hollande replaces firebrand economy minister with former banker

    President François Hollande has unveiled a rehashed Socialist government, stripped of leftwing dissidents, charged with...

  11. August 26, 2014

    Evidence of direct Moscow military involvement in Ukraine grows

    Kiev published videos on Tuesday of what it said were 10 Russian paratroopers captured inside Ukraine, in the strongest...

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    August 26, 2014

    Guest post: low expectations for Ukraine and Russia in Minsk

    By Ben Aris of bne Presidents Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine and Vladimir Putin of Russia are to meet in Minsk today for the...

  13. August 25, 2014

    Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko calls snap elections

    Ukraine’s pro-western president has called snap parliamentary elections amid an escalating stand-off with Moscow over Kiev’s...

  14. August 25, 2014

    Angela Merkel backs Luis de Guindos to chair eurozone finance ministers’ group

    Angela Merkel has thrown her crucial support behind Spain’s bid to win one of the top jobs in the EU, declaring on Monday...

  15. August 24, 2014

    British workers cheaper to employ than Spanish

    Britain’s labour costs have dropped below Spain’s as a wage squeeze and weaker pound have transformed the UK into a low cost...

  16. August 24, 2014

    South Stream gas project may now be a pipe dream

    In November 2005, a pipeline called Blue Stream was inaugurated to bring Russian gas across the Black Sea to Turkey. It was,...

  17. August 22, 2014

    Draghi softens tone on austerity

    Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, has signalled he is becoming increasingly concerned about high...

  18. August 22, 2014

    Russian convoy move complicates Ukrainian offensive

    Moscow’s 227-vehicle long convoy rumbled into Lugansk on Friday carrying food, water, sleeping bags, medical equipment – and...

  19. August 22, 2014

    WTO rules against Argentine import curbs

    The World Trade Organisation has added to Argentina’s woes just weeks after Buenos Aires was forced into a selective default...

  20. August 20, 2014

    Westinghouse urges EU to break dependency on Russian nuclear fuel

    Westinghouse, the Japanese-US atomic group, is pressing the EU to introduce competition rules that will break eastern...

  21. August 20, 2014

    Draghi has to do, as well as say, whatever it takes

    Mario Draghi does his redoubtable best to reassure us: the eurozone recovery, he tells us, is “on track”. Rather than face...

  22. August 20, 2014

    Glencore plans $1bn share buyback

    Glencore is returning $1bn to investors in the first share buyback by a global miner since the decade-long commodities boom...

  23. August 19, 2014

    Scotland’s currency choices in the event of independence

    If the UK refuses a formal currency union with an independent Scotland, what choices would the country have? (1) Use the...

  24. August 19, 2014

    Booksellers warn of higher prices in an independent Scotland

    Books will become more expensive in an independent Scotland, retailers have warned, saying they will not be able to absorb...

  25. August 19, 2014

    François Hollande faces gloomy ‘rentrée’

    François Hollande will reconvene his cabinet on Wednesday after a holiday in the south of France, with ministers already...

  26. August 18, 2014

    Possibility of ‘Brexit’ threatens London’s prospects

    By this time of year, wealthy bankers in the City of London have usually jetted off to their summer holiday destinations....

  27. FT Alphaville

    August 18, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Before Jackson Hole, roundup of Yellen’s quotes on the labor market: Janet Yellen’s...

  28. August 17, 2014

    Human rights reform unlikely ‘without leaving EU’

    Senior Conservatives’ desire to claw back human rights powers from Europe could prove unworkable unless the UK leaves the...

  29. August 17, 2014

    US banks plan ahead for UK exit from EU

    Wall Street banks are drawing up preliminary plans to move some London-based activities to Ireland to address concerns that...

  30. August 17, 2014

    FTSE 350 audit tenders to almost double in 2014

    Nearly twice as many FTSE 350 businesses are expected to tender auditor mandates this year compared with last year, in...

  31. August 15, 2014

    French politician and Russian oligarch team up for Crimean theme park

    A French populist-conservative politician and investor has agreed to build a historic theme park in the Russian-annexed...

  32. beyondbrics

    August 15, 2014

    French company to build theme park in Crimea

    France was one of the most reluctant European Union countries to agree to impose sanctions on Russia for grabbing Crimea off...

  33. beyondbrics

    August 15, 2014

    Guest post: the big win for Ukraine

    By Timothy Ash of Standard Bank There are so many moving parts involved in Ukraine that it is hard to gauge the situation...

  34. August 15, 2014

    Finnair issues profit warning

    Finnair became the latest airline to warn of challenging operating conditions on Friday, issuing a profit warning amid...

  35. August 15, 2014

    Ukraine attacks Russian military convoy, says president

    Moscow’s stand-off with Kiev intensified dramatically on Friday night after the Ukrainian government said it had blown up a...

  36. August 14, 2014

    EU to pressure Egypt and Turkey on Russia food embargo

    Egypt and Turkey are set to join Latin American nations in facing heightened diplomatic pressure from the EU, which insists...

  37. August 14, 2014

    Utilities climb amid appetite for haven assets

    Utilities led a languid trading day as markets digested stagnant European economic activity as a drop in yields on German...

  38. August 14, 2014

    Russian shadow unsettles German business confidence

    Ulf Schneider admits his clients are “really worried”. “Things have changed dramatically,” says the founder of Russia...

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