Growth estimate stays firm at -0.3 per cent
By Alex Hern - 27 March 10:07

Consumption increased by 0.4%.

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The public sector deficit through the looking-glass
By Peter Kenway - 26 March 16:44

The government is ignoring the flip side of the its deficit reduction targets: they require us all to spend more.

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Labour should beat George Osborne at his own game with a living wage employment allowance
By Nick Pecorelli - 25 March 15:44

Cutting the "jobs tax" was the best move the Chancellor made, but Labour should go further, writes Nick Pecorelli.

Cyprus is paying a painful price for bowing to international capital
By Tim Jones - 25 March 15:17

Being controlled by global financial interests does not benefit ordinary people, their economy or democracy, writes the Jubilee Debt Campaign's Tim Jones.

Capping benefits for migrants could serve to drive down wages for all
By Alex Hern - 25 March 11:46

Forcing migrants into whatever work's going will render exploitation a breeze.

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Spain turns to Bitcoin, prompting incoherent discussion on Today
By Alex Hern - 22 March 13:20

There are problems with the currency. But not those problems.

Cyprus institutes capital controls
By Alex Hern - 22 March 10:10

The government of Cyprus has introduced draconian restrictions on capital to prevent a bank run and capital flight.

File this one away in the "we'll see" pile
By Alex Hern - 22 March 9:43

An exodus after the election?

Cyprus looks for plan B
By Alex Hern - 22 March 8:24

There is no plan B.

How to boost the debt without borrowing: spend on houses
By Alex Hern - 21 March 16:00

The Help to Buy program uses some nice accounting tweaks to get away with being deficit neutral.

From Russia with love, to Cyprus with cash
By Oliver Bullough - 21 March 9:34

Perhaps the Russian oligarchs’ days of hassle-free, tax-free, risk-free banking are finally over...

This Budget was Osborne's last hurrah – and now he can only hope for the good times
By David Blanchflower - 20 March 16:02

The coalition’s Plan B is now in full operation – crossing fingers and toes and hoping something will turn up.

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Osborne's housing policy risks being sub-prime for Surrey
By Alex Hern - 20 March 15:51

Our housing market is overheating as it is. The last thing we need is a massive lending spree.

The budget's effect on growth? Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
By Alex Hern - 20 March 15:11

The OBR confirms: this budget is tinkering around the edges.

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Budget 2013: liveblog
By Alex Hern - 20 March 12:00

Join us as we cover George Osborne's fourth budget in office. Scroll to the bottom for the latest.

Unemployment rises slightly in the run-up to the budget
By Alex Hern - 20 March 10:01

Youth unemployment rises rapidly.

The catch-22 holding back Britain’s youth
By Valerie Todd - 19 March 15:41

Our young people need businesses to take a fresh look at them – and at work experience, writes Crossrail's Valerie Todd.

Not all infrastructure is created equal
By Alastair Harper - 19 March 11:58

The real value of the projects we should be starting now will be measured over decades.

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Cyprus counterintuition part two: "Britain's next"
By Alex Hern - 19 March 11:14

Are we heading down the same road?

Inflation up by 0.1 percentage point, real wages down by 1%
By Alex Hern - 19 March 10:05

RPI sent out to the great big spreadsheet in the sky.

Cypriot counterintution part one: "It was a good thing"
By Alex Hern - 19 March 9:01

Should we be cheering one of the first wealth taxes of this millennium?

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Cyprus isn't something happening "over there"
By Petros Fassoulas - 18 March 13:31

Europe – and that includes Britain – is unavoidably connected.

11 EU countries are about to implement an FTT: the UK should make it 12
By Tony Dolphin - 18 March 13:04

The Overton window is shifting, and now might be the time for an FTT.

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When the speculators flee, what will be left of Bitcoin?
By Alex Hern - 18 March 12:41

The underlying currency might not work without the inflated prices.

George Osborne must ignore the siren calls – and take steps to raise potential growth
By Ryan Bourne - 18 March 10:46

The CPS' Ryan Bourne gives its hitlist for the 2013 budget.

Alexis Tsipras, leader of Syriza. Photo: Getty
Meet Alexis Tsipras, “the most dangerous man in Europe”

“Syriza knows what’s at stake and is after a wide consensus for political change in Greece. This is something that departs from the narrow limits of the radical left.”

Cyprus: everything you need to know
By Alex Hern - 18 March 9:38

The tax, the Russians, the insurance, the surprise, and the future.

Savings levy of up to 10 per cent imposed in Cyprus
By New Statesman - 17 March 10:09

Chancellor says Brits in Cyprus on military or government service will be protected from the levy.