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.

Gen Y actually might be poorer than their parents
By Alex Hern - 15 March 17:02

More spending and less saving means no increase in wealth for the young in 25 years.

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How do you campaign against austerity?
By Alex Hern - 15 March 13:56

It's not the economics, stupid.

Budget 2013: Osborne does it best when he does nothing at all
By Richard Cree - 15 March 10:21

“The last thing we need is more tinkering”.

Bitcoin: this is what a bubble looks like
By Alex Hern - 14 March 17:00

Not if, but when, the bubble will burst.

Leader: After Cable’s intervention, the austerity consensus is crumbling
By New Statesman - 14 March 15:53

No longer can David Cameron plausibly claim, if he ever could, that "there is no alternative".

Will the Sparks light up SME lending?
By Alex Hern - 14 March 12:25

Ed Miliband is a man with a plan.

What is stagflation?
By Alex Hern - 13 March 11:17

We ought to fear the "Spectre of stagflation", says the <em>FT</em>.

A council tax isn't a wealth tax
By Alex Hern - 12 March 16:58

How should the government settle the inequalities in property wealth?

Focus on a "triple dip" misses the point
By Duncan Weldon - 12 March 14:30

The economy is stuck and without a change in government policy the slump is set to continue, writes the TUC's Duncan Weldon.

Where next for back-to-work support?
By Caroline Davey - 12 March 10:34

Into work support from the work programme and job centre is not delivering for single parents, or for the tax payer.

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The short future of Abenomics
By Alex Hern - 11 March 18:24

Japan's maverick PM might not have his heart in the game.