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The European Commission has proposed creating an agency to salvage or shut failed banks but its power to clean up the euro zone’s financial sector will be tempered by resistance from Berlin, where chanceller Angela Merkel (centre) is facing into autumn elections. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters.

The European Commission today proposed creating an agency to salvage or shut failed banks, but the absence of an immediate backstop fund to pay for (...)

A truck drives past shipping containers at a port in Ningbo, Zhejiang province. China’s exports fell 3.1 per cent in June from a year ago, the first decline since January 2012. Photograph: William Hong/Reuters.

China has warned of a “grim” outlook for trade as the world’s second-largest economy surprised financial markets by reporting a fall in exports and im(...)

Fans waving a Union flag and the Scottish national flag cheer Andy Murray during this year’s Wimbledon tennis championships. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

For some, Wimbledon’s All-England Club is the quintessential, if hackneyed, expression of Englishness: strawberries and cream, sunny days (when they c(...)

A demonstrator from the pro-China “Caring Hong Kong Power” group protests over claims from former US spy agency contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency hacked computers in the Chinese territory. Photograph: Reuters

The revelations about US government spying on the phone and internet records of individuals within the 28-member European Union have threatened to o(...)

Transatlantic trade

If truth is the first casualty of war, trust can be the first casualty of negotiations, where mistrust exists that remains unresolved. This week discu(...)

Latvia’s finance minister Andris Vilks speaks during a news conference on the adoption of the euro  in Brussels today. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters.

The euro zone will embrace Latvia as its newest member from next year, eager to show that the bloc is not disintegrating despite doubts about souther(...)

Police try to disperse students outside Athens University yesterday. An Athens think tank has today given a bleak assessment of the Greek economy for this year. Photograph: John Kolesidis/Reuters.

Greece’s economy could shrink by as much as 5 per cent this year, the Athens-based IOBE think tank said today, revising down its previous projection (...)

People shout slogans during a rally calling for new general elections near the Portuguese presidential palace in Lisbon. Photograph: Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters.

Portugal’s government crisis posed a threat to its bailout programme and investors struggled to identify growth drivers going forward in the euro zone(...)

The United States and the European Union, after nearly two years of preparation, start talks today aimed at securing a free-trade agreement.

The United States and the European Union, after nearly two years of preparation, start talks today aimed at securing a free-trade agreement to squeeze(...)

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm who is heard on a taped phone conversation discussing the escalating rate of withdrawals from the lender. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Senior executives at Anglo Irish Bank discussed the possibility that the lender would breach Central Bank rules as a run on deposits accelerated in 20(...)

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