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The banks have serious problems, but a European-wide crisis? Let’s be serious

10 February 2016 12:37

A new European banking crisis. Seriously? Starting at Deutsche Bank? That’s the way markets were pointing on Tuesday as Deutsche’s…

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The perverse consequences of punishing the banks

29 July 2014 17:20

Lloyds Banking Group is to pay fines of £218 million for fixing interest rates including Libor (the rate at which…

The Sun Sets Behind The Houses Of Parliament

Michael Sandel interview: the marketization of everything is undermining democracy

22 May 2013 9:41

Michael Sandel is a political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University. He is best known for his  ‘Justice’ course,…

Pier Luigi Bersani secured a majority in the Chamber of Deputies, but not in the Senate. Picture: Getty Images

Italian elections: ‘The worst possible outcome’

26 February 2013 15:16

Forget Moody’s. If you want to see market panic, just look at Italy. As Isabel reported this morning, the unexpectedly…

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Markets shrug off Britain’s downgrade

25 February 2013 9:37

It seems that Moody’s downgrade of UK government bonds on Friday night has — so far — had more effect…

Peter Dawson

Who cares about HMV? Shopping has never been better. - Spectator Blogs

15 January 2013 13:45

How many people presently lamenting the demise of HMV (at least in its current incarnation) actually spent any money there…

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The energy sector’s Libor-style scandal

13 November 2012 14:55

As David reported earlier, today’s Guardian carries allegations of price-fixing in the energy markets. The paper has an account by…

George Osborne, Poker Player

30 May 2012 13:28

May God protect me from my friends. That, I suggest, should be George Osborne’s reaction to Ben Brogan’s Telegraph column…

A welcome attempt to fix the broken energy market

11 April 2012 14:03

Back in October, Ofgem produced a report exposing the failure of the UK’s energy market. It showed that the supplier’s…

The Italian domino effect

10 November 2011 0:39

For all the debate about Theresa May and border security, the big news has not been at Westminster today. Instead,…

Thoughts for the day

29 October 2011 14:11

Charles Moore and Matthew Parris, Spectator columnists both, represent two of the distinct philosophical and intellectual tradition that make up…

The existential threat to the EU

28 September 2011 10:56

Away from the Liverpool, the Eurozone crisis continues. Market confidence appeared to be growing after European leaders sketched a debt…

Euro-zonked

26 September 2011 9:49

Well, so much for that. The FTSE 100 fell as much as 1.7 per cent this morning, while overnight the…

Leadership at last?

25 September 2011 9:40

Most of today’s papers carry reports of a deal to relieve the European sovereign debt crisis. The details are varied,…

Further tension in the Eurozone

23 August 2011 11:00

The Eurozone’s political crisis is deepening. Further to the news that individual member states were seeking their own bilateral deals…

Arresting the West’s crisis of confidence

20 August 2011 15:52

What’s the most important geo-political event of this century? Most people would say 9/11. The Foreign Secretary believes that it…

The markets rout

18 August 2011 17:59

The recent rally on the markets is now the most distant memory. Stocks continued to fall today amid concerns about…

Common Franco-German position on Greek debt

21 July 2011 10:25

As I wrote earlier this morning, rumours of a ‘common Franco-German position’ on Greek debt were circulating in the early…

Getting a grip of the crisis

21 July 2011 9:33

“I’m very worried, this building [the Treasury] is very worried and this government is very worried,” said George Osborne of…

Euro crisis enters a new phase

19 July 2011 10:57

It was a problem that would be fixed with a snap of the Commissioners’ manicured fingers, but now fresh euro-storms…

Yes, There Is A War on Drugs. Part XIV.

21 June 2011 13:46

On the one hand, it’s good that Ed Vulliamy is in the Guardian today highlighting the appalling miseries of the…

Lords: government not championing European single market "strongly"

5 April 2011 10:43

Tucked away in an old building, where few people knows of its existence, lives one of the most important parliamentary…

Clegg defines his liberalism

13 March 2011 15:20

I do feel for Nick Clegg. He’s taken an oppositionalist party into government, and they hate it. He is politically…

Blame Twitter for the increased oil prices

2 March 2011 16:46

The BBC are reporting that unleaded petrol has now reached 130p per litre and areblaming Libya. I¹m not convinced. Libya…

The Tuition Fees Stramash and Why Nick Clegg is Like George HW Bush

9 December 2010 15:11

The absurdity and knavery of modern politics has been on full display during the “debate” about university tuition fees. So…