Google offers concessions to European commission

Search engine understood to be offering to label search results which point to one of its own properties After nearly a year of negotiation, Google has submitted a package of concessions to the European commission to head off an antitrust investigation that has ground on for two and a half years. The search company is […]


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Is there life after politics? | The conversation

Tony Blair is busy brokering multi-billion pound mergers. But what of other ex-ministers? Edwina Currie and Jacqui Smith discuss what to do after Westminster When she left parliament Edwina Currie embarked on a new career as a writer – and has a second volume of diaries out next week. Former home secretary Jacqui Smith lost […]


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Sinking feeling as Thomson ignores calls over closed hotel swimming pool

I chose my Tunisian hotel because it had an indoor swimming pool. Now the pool is closed – and Thomson doesn’t want to know I booked my Tunisian holiday with Thomson specifically because the hotel had an indoor pool. I then discovered that the pool complex was being rebuilt and wouldn’t be ready until 1 […]


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Eurozone crisis live: EC presses Spain and France as investors dash for safety – as it happened

• EC warns of risk of financial disintegration• Spain told to reform taxation…• …France given a warning• Banking union and eurobonds recommended• ECB denies blocking Bankia plan• Spanish bond yields above 6.6% 6.15pm: Time to stop the blog, after quite an eventful day in which the EC issued report cards on the eurozone, and investors […]


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Eurozone crisis live: EC report cards calls for more effort from Spain and France

• EC warns of risk of financial disintegration • …and gives France a warning• Banking union and eurobonds recommended• ECB denies blocking Bankia plan• European markets fall, Bankia down 15%• Spanish bond yields above 6.6% 1.27pm: Breaking news – Olli Rehn has said that the EC is prepared to extend Spain’s deadline for bringing its […]


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Eurozone crisis live: EC denies working on secret Greek exit plan

• EC: We want to keep Greece in eurozone, not out• Trade commissioner: contingency plans are in place• FTSE 100 hits new low for 2012 • Asian shares fall sharply• Wolfgang Schäuble sees 12-24 months of turmoil• Spain hit by bank downgrades 2.58pm BST: Missed this yesterday. Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, has reportedly given […]


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