"Growth without wage gains just creates more unsustainable debt"

Business quote of the day.

“The years running up to the crash taught us that growth without wage gains just creates more unsustainable debt"
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady says government and employers need to recognise the important of “decent wages” in building economic growth. The union organisation said total pay has shrunk by more than 10 per cent in the UK since the start of the downturn.

Helen Roxburgh is the online editor of Economia

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En français, s'il vous plaît! EU lead negotiator wants to talk Brexit in French

C'est très difficile. 

In November 2015, after the Paris attacks, Theresa May said: "Nous sommes solidaires avec vous, nous sommes tous ensemble." ("We are in solidarity with you, we are all together.")

But now the Prime Minister might have to brush up her French and take it to a much higher level.

Reuters reports the EU's lead Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, would like to hold the talks in French, not English (an EU spokeswoman said no official language had been agreed). 

As for the Home office? Aucun commentaire.

But on Twitter, British social media users are finding it all très amusant.

In the UK, foreign language teaching has suffered from years of neglect. The government may regret this now . . .

Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines.