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Unloved king, popular queen

IN 1496 a Spanish <i>infanta</i>, Juana of Castile, sailed with 15,000 men to the Habsburg Netherlands to marry Philip the Handsome. Spanish courtiers …

The flying taxman

EUROPE is turning on its tax dodgers. Next month a European Union summit will discuss how to recover some of the €1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) in …

Transparency days

“I DON’T like rich people,” François Hollande once said. When campaigning for the presidency in 2012, he promised an end to bling, a top income-tax …

François Hollande’s cyclical troubles

IT IS hard to detect any benefit for President François Hollande in the tax-avoidance scandal that cost him his budget minister in March. Jérôme …

Baltic ambition

VALDIS DOMBROVSKIS is undeterred. In spite of Cyprus, Slovenia and the continuing euro crisis, the prime minister of Latvia wants his country to join …

The hounding of a president

CHRISTIAN WULFF resigned in February 2012 after only 20 months as Germany’s president. The press had claimed that, as premier of Lower Saxony, he had …

Letta in post

IT IS the most famous quote in modern Italian literature, because it captures so well the cynicism and conservatism of modern Italian politics. “If …

Balkan breakthrough

THE deal struck between Serbia and Kosovo on April 19th was nothing short of historic. It was a big success for Catherine Ashton, the European …

Islamists in Russia

HOURS after the Boston bombers were identified as Chechens, Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, called Barack Obama to offer help with his …

Amsterdam, Nice, Lisbon…

LIKE Lord Voldemort of Harry Potter fame, “treaty change” is an idea so terrifying that most Eurocrats dare not speak of it. So when Wolfgang …

After austerity, what?

LIKE France’s François Hollande a year ago, Italy’s Enrico Letta rushed to Berlin immediately after taking power, and with a similar message: Italy …

Of ships and sealing wax

THE defence review ordered by François Hollande was the first under a Socialist president for nearly 20 years. It took place under a party hostile to …

A tandem in trouble

IT HAS been at the core of the European project ever since its inception in the early 1950s. Even so the Franco-German relationship has worked …

The Red and the Green

SOMETHING odd is happening to Peer Steinbrück, who still hopes to replace Angela Merkel as German chancellor after September’s parliamentary …

Enter Herr Präsident Schulz

AT THE “Parlamentarium”, the snazzy visitors’ centre of the European Parliament in Brussels, an exhibit displays video messages and objects left by …

Caucasian circles

SEVEN months after the general election in Georgia, its protagonists are still campaigning against each other. President Mikheil Saakashvili, whose …

Bangalore-sur-Seine?

WHEN French entrepreneurs decided in March to launch a swanky new school for software developers, they thought they were on to something. But even …

One thing that you may not realize about big drug companies is that, in terms of the number of pills they sell, they are much less big than they were just five years ago. As many popular drugs have gone generic, Big Pharma is selling branded medicines to many fewer people. http://bit.ly/15uLPIK

Co-op Bank chief steps down after Moody's downgrades debt to junk

The chief executive of Co-operative Bank, Barry Tootell, has stepped down after the business had its credit rating downgraded by Moody’s, which warned the mutual faced losses that it might not be able to afford.<p>The Co-op, which last month <b>pulled out of a deal to buy 630 branches</b> from Lloyds Banking …

5 tips to create a great infographic for SEO

Infographics are the ideal option for creating interesting content and building links to your site – and they’re especially useful if you’re on a bit …

Government to ban 'rip-off' pension charges

Telegraph campaign: Fees on pensions will be capped under new proposals while controversial "consultancy fees" have been banned.<p>The Government today said it would ban companies from imposing consultancy charges on employees joining auto-enrolment pension schemes.<p>Financial companies can give advice …

Co-op bonds pay 11.5pc following Moody's warning

Investors happy to take the risk of investing in the Co-operative Bank following warnings that it may need state help can get an income of 11.5pc on the bank's bonds.<p>Co-op Bank's 9.25pc preference shares currently yield 9.17pc net of tax, according to Canaccord Genuity, the stockbroker. But its …

G7: US warns Japan to stick to rules on currency

Japan is pushing the boundaries of international agreements to avoid competitve currency devaluations, the US Treasury Secretary has warned, as the International Monetary Fund said unprecedented monetary easing could lead to a "serious boom and bust".<p>Jack Lew said that Japan had "growth issues" …

The Safari Classic is the last great African rally. Started in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and held each November, the race runs from Mombasa, Kenya through Tanzania and back again. Get the full story: http://bit.ly/16lYQ6X

How to be a great finance director or CFO: 8 tips

<b>What makes a great finance director or CFO?</b><p>Be honest;<br>• Be right; and<br>• Be lucky<p>It really is that simple. These work whether you’re dealing with investors, …

Co-op rules out state aid as boss quits amid capital fears

The Co-operative Bank was forced to reassure customers it has not sought Government help as the sudden departure of its chief executive compounded fears over its stability.<p>The lender, which is part of the Co-operative Group, <b>announced that Barry Tootell had “chosen to step down”</b> with immediate …

FTSE 100 closes above 6,600 for first time since 2007

London's blue-chip index has closed above the psychologically important 6,600 level for the first time in five and a half years.<p>The benchmark index climbed 32.24 points to finish at 6,624.98, with moves by central banks around the world to boost stimulus measures in recent weeks contributing to a …

Gigaom | News flash: Twitter doesn’t have to hire journalists to be a powerful media competitor

Advertisement<p>When Twitter recently posted a job listing for a “head of news and journalism,” it sparked a rash of posts and commentary about how the …