Barclays’  chief executive  Antony Jenkins: “We have made very good progress. The bonus is recognition of that and I decided to accept it on this occasion.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

In the City, it’s known as “the L’Oréal moment” – when a boss decides to take the bonus his board has offered “because I’m worth it”.Barclays boss Ant(...)

European Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici: doing his best to keep out of the limelight. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

There was no shortage of conversation-starters in Davos yesterday – “quantitative easing” was the magic phrase on everyone’s lips as they awaited news(...)

Bob Diamond, former chief executive of Barclays,  told the UK’s parliamentary commission on banking standards that he felt “physically ill” when he learned employees of the bank had been making false rate submissions in the Libor scandal. Photograph: Reuters/Dylan Martinez

In a memorable scene from the film Casablanca, Louis Renault, the affable but corrupt French police chief, closes Rick’s club. “I am shocked, shock(...)

HSBC chairman Douglas Flint launched a tirade against the reforms being imposed on the banking sector. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Since they brought the global financial system to the brink of collapse six years ago, there have been apologies aplenty from Britain’s banking chi(...)

London mayor Boris Johnson: always defended  Barclays bicycle sponsorship deal. Photograph: Ben A Pruchnie/Getty Images

The distinctive blue “Boris Bikes” that dart around London’s roads, ridden with varying degrees of competence by tourists and locals alike, will be(...)

Antony Jenkins, chief executive officer of Barclays. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Attempts by Barclays chief executive Antony Jenkins to clean up his bank’s image faced a serious setback yesterday amid criticism of (...)

Barclays today said its total bonus pool for 2013 rose to £2.38 billion (€2.85 billion) from £2.17 billion for 2012. Photo: Bloomberg

Barclays said it would axe up to 12,000 jobs this year even as it raised bonuses for investment bankers, prompting fury among politicians and (...)

Give mothers a six-year break

Employers should let women take career breaks of up to six years in order to build up their loyalty to the company, Dame Alison Carnwath, the only fem(...)

European Union competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia addresses a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays are among a raft of global banking giants involved in a record €1.7 billion settlement with European regulators in(...)

 Britain’s former top financial regulator Hector Sants, who joined Barclays Plc at the start of this year as head of compliance, is to take the rest of the year off after suffering from exhaustion and stress. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Hector Sants, who was brought in to oversee compliance at scandal-hit Barclays in the UK, has been signed off work until the end of the year after bei(...)