ECB Rate Cut Points to a Lack of Collective Confidence

Jeremy Cook | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK
Jeremy Cook

The ECB has decided to cut rates by 25bps to a record low of 50bps this week, in a move that was widely expected. Despite much of the reporting of thi...

It's the Politics, Stupid!

Nick Beecroft | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK
Nick Beecroft

Another week, another reminder that keeping the Euro alive and well, (a generous term), is all just a game of politics.

Draghi -Master of the Universe or Just Human Like the Rest of Us?

Nick Beecroft | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK
Nick Beecroft

In last week's blog I confidently asserted that today we would be treated to another masterful performance from M.Draghi at the ECB's post-meeting new...

Vlad the Dutchman Had It Just About Right

Nick Beecroft | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Nick Beecroft

Why is it that I always seem to have to write these pieces just before some binary event or other, usually of Eurozone origin, meaning that by Tuesday (in this case), I could look extremely foolish?! Oh well here goes: my feeling is that the Cypriot crisis will fade from memory over the next few weeks and won't lead to wider Eurozone contagion. There - I've said it.

The European Destruction Of Cyprus Has Begun

Daniel Furr | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Politics
Daniel Furr

Brussels have decided the unravelling of the Euro and the wider European Project is unthinkable; in order to save the post-World War II consensus, principles and agreements are now void. The euro must be saved at all costs. Merkel has resigned to accepting the end will justify the means; a banking and political union must occur, regardless of the path of misery that awaits the periphery.

Inflationary Issue to Take Centre Stage in 2013

Jeremy Cook | Posted 10.03.2013 | UK Politics
Jeremy Cook

Inflation is going to be a big story in 2013 worldwide but especially for the UK. While the Bank of England's asset purchase program isn't in itself inflationary, the devaluation of sterling is. Our largest import through 2013, because of the Bank's monetary policy, will be inflation.

Kevin Pietersen Back in England Test Squad

James Hunt | Posted 18.12.2012 | UK Sport
James Hunt

Pietersen is England's best batsman, in all forms of the game. In fact, he's one of the most talented batsman England have ever had, certainly in recent years at least. An England side without him is an England side weakened, as evidenced in the performances against South Africa in the third Test, and more noticeably in the World T20.

Teargas And Petrol Bombs In Athens

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 18.10.2012 | UK

A man died during violent clashes in Athens as 40,000 strikers pitted themselves against riot police on the streets of the Greek capital. Petrol bo...

The Changing Role of Europe's Central Bankers

Giles Gibson | Posted 04.12.2012 | UK
Giles Gibson

If we expect Europe's central bankers to find solutions to the increasingly desperate problems facing the eurozone, then they must be allowed to do so. Nagging fears that they are simply making it up as they go along must be pushed to the back of our minds.

The Cycle of Market Slump and Rally is Making me Feel Like I'm Featuring in Groundhog Day

Brian John Spencer | Posted 16.11.2012 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

The rhythmic rise and fall of market sentiment has become depressingly familiar; so much so that I feel like I'm stuck in some sort of time loop, with the same string of events repeating itself over and over again.

Decision Time in Lisbon

Ben Jones | Posted 31.10.2012 | UK Politics
Ben Jones

Portugal may well be the country where the eurozone's solidarity is put to the test. Patience with the Greek government's foot-dragging is wearing thin, but Portugal has done all that has been asked of it.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Scott Thompson | Posted 24.10.2012 | UK Sport
Scott Thompson

The battle for the honour of being the world's best test cricket team should have been one of the highlights of the summer but the Kevin Pietersen saga has cast a very dark shadow over the spectacle. One that for the sake of English cricket needs to be resolved swiftly.

PICTURES: Cricket Fraternity Turn Out For Maynard Funeral

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.07.2012 | UK Sport

Cricket star Tom Maynard will be laid to rest at a funeral service in Wales today. The former Glamorgan and Surrey batsman died last month after be...

What Can We Learn From the Cypriot and Spanish Bailouts?

Vincent Forest | Posted 28.08.2012 | UK
Vincent Forest

In the past two weeks, Spain and Cyprus have formally applied for eurozone rescue packages. Each case is a lesson for the eurozone and offers some indications of what the outcomes of the EU summit on June 28-29 should be.

Spanish Banks Need 'Up To €62 Bn' To Prop Up Financial Sector, Claims Audit

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 21.06.2012 | UK

An independent audit of the Spanish banks have said that a bailout of up to €62 bn is needed to prop up the country's beleaguered financial sector. ...

Central Banks Might Have Another Hand to Play in This Greek Inspired Epic

Jeremy Cook | Posted 18.08.2012 | UK Politics
Jeremy Cook

So the crunch weekend has come and gone, and as the headlines said - "Greece has voted to stay in the euro". Despite what you might have read, these Greek elections were never going to present the world with a solution to the eurozone crisis and, at the time of writing, they haven't even given us a day's worth of gains in markets.

No Win No KP

Gemma Wright | Posted 08.08.2012 | UK Sport
Gemma Wright

The phrase 'cutting off their nose to spite their face' has been used in abundance in the last week in relation to the story that Kevin Pietersen has retired from international limited overs cricket. But there's a reason for that: it fits.

Spain 'Expected To Request Bailout Of Banks'

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 09.06.2012 | UK

UPDATE: Spain's banks are to receive loans from the Eurozone funds to prop up their troubled financial sector, the country's economic minister has con...

Spain Looks To Europe For Banking Rescue

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 06.06.2012 | UK

UPDATE: Spain's Economic minister Luis de Guindos told reporters in Brussels he had "absolutely not discussed any intervention in Spain's banks" at an...

ECB - What Have You Done?

Andrew Bloxham | Posted 05.08.2012 | UK Sport
Andrew Bloxham

England fans will hope that the differences can be reconciled between Pietersen and the ECB. After all, England needs Pietersen at both Test and Twenty20 level.

Pietersen Retires From All International Limited Overs Cricket

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 31.05.2012 | UK Sport

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has announced his retirement from all forms of international limited overs cricket with immediate effect. The Engla...

Pietersen Fined Over Knight Outburst

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 24.05.2012 | UK Sport

Kevin Pietersen has been fined over a remark made about former England batsman Nick Knight on Twitter. Pietersen tweeted on Monday: "Can somebody P...

Welcome Greeks Bearing Debt

Cameron Penny | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Politics
Cameron Penny

No one should take comfort from the inevitable truth hurtling towards the Eurozone countries faster than Phidippides carried news of a previous Athenian disaster abroad. It is, like most truths, simple. Greece will sooner or later fall out of the Euro.

Spring Breaks Spain

Jeremy Cook | Posted 18.06.2012 | UK
Jeremy Cook

I really had hoped that we would be able to avoid talking about peripheral Europe once March's Greek bond payment and orderly default on its debt was out of the way. The focus has of course shifted from Italy to Spain in the past month, as Mariano Rajoy's 100-day honeymoon as Spanish prime minister has come to a rather sudden and painful stop.

Political Poverty Calls for New Buzzwords

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 14.06.2012 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Unemployment in the eurozone is at historic highs. Economic growth data are equally depressing while confidence is low among producers and consumers. In short, the stock market rallies of recent months are premature.