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Carmaker’s choice of new chairman postponed after directors ask for more time

Coalition’s leading political figures accept overtures to Brussels over deficit plans

Banks’ earnings hit by worries about China growth, trade wars and Brexit

December on course to be first month without junk bond sale since Lehman crash

The ECB has a record of optimistic forecasts but the economy could tank

Elements of gulag-style system resurrected as Beijing cracks down on ethnic minorities

Online fashion retailer reveals ‘significant deterioration’ in sales ahead of Christmas

The president’s approach is being debated on the 40th anniversary of openness moves

Search group’s decision comes after Amazon announced big push into New York

May says new referendum would ‘break faith with British people’ and cause more division

Vienna uses EU presidency to revive bloc’s campaign for north Africa to share load

US News

Tensions rise after Washington lays blame for journalist’s murder on crown prince

Investors turn negative in spite of bullish Christmas sales forecasts 

Investors led by New York state and Church of England demand tougher climate action

Texas ruling that Obamacare is unconstitutional poses dilemma for both parties 

Opinion

Highlights

Matteo Salvini has transformed the League into a major political force and shifted Italian attitudes to Europe

The outgoing head of the eurozone banking watchdog had to overcome national antipathy

In 2018, politics, society and the environment were suffused with poison

Markets News

December on course to be first month without junk bond sale since Lehman crash

Equity bears take over amid expectations of economic deterioration

Major markets little changed as investors look ahead to policy meetings in US and China

Technology

FT analysis and insight from George Parker, Edward Luce, Madison Marriage et al

Brexit, Trump, Merkel, China and trade, Big Tech — the big stories of the year 

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