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IMF’s Christine Lagarde placed under formal investigation

ft.com — Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, has been placed under formal investigation by a French court on suspicion of negligence in connection with a political scandal dating to her time as finance minister under former president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Aug 27, 2014

IMF’s Christine Lagarde placed under formal investigation: on.ft.com/XRKzO5 #FT

Aug 27, 2014

RT @politic_animal: There may be a point, quite soon, where the IMF decides to stop appointing former senior French ministers at its head ft.com/cms/s/0/73d4e8…

Aug 27, 2014

RT @SpiegelPeter: The @FT's Paris buro chief @HughCarnegy has the poop on @Lagarde's formal investigation in Tapie case: on.ft.com/1tJchqM

Aug 27, 2014

The @FT's Paris buro chief @HughCarnegy has the poop on @Lagarde's formal investigation in Tapie case: on.ft.com/1tJchqM

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Scottish independence polls send conflicting messages

ft.com — Is the result of Scotland's independence referendum on a knife-edge, or are pro-union campaigners comfortably on course to save the 307-year-old political union with England? With less than four weeks to go until the referendum on September 18, the
Aug 27, 2014

RT @FT: Conflicting messages: so this is what the polls are saying on Scotland's independence vote on.ft.com/1C1Sisb pic.twitter.com/YEi6wYY6Cw

Aug 27, 2014

RT @FT: Conflicting messages: so this is what the polls are saying on Scotland's independence vote on.ft.com/1C1Sisb pic.twitter.com/YEi6wYY6Cw

Aug 27, 2014

RT @FT: Conflicting messages: so this is what the polls are saying on Scotland's independence vote on.ft.com/1C1Sisb pic.twitter.com/YEi6wYY6Cw

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Tighter mortgage rules trigger house-price discounts

ft.com — Most homes changing hands in the British property market are now selling at a discount, according to new figures, as tighter mortgage rules and the prospect of rising interest rates cool potential buyers' ardour. Two-thirds of homeowners discounted
Aug 27, 2014

RT @_Kate_Allen: Two-thirds of UK homes sold in July were at discounted prices as market slowdown takes hold ft.com/cms/s/0/cd022a…

Aug 27, 2014

RT @_Kate_Allen: Two-thirds of UK homes sold in July were at discounted prices as market slowdown takes hold ft.com/cms/s/0/cd022a…

Aug 27, 2014

RT @_Kate_Allen: Two-thirds of UK homes sold in July were at discounted prices as market slowdown takes hold ft.com/cms/s/0/cd022a…

Aug 27, 2014

Two-thirds of UK homes sold in July were at discounted prices as market slowdown takes hold ft.com/cms/s/0/cd022a…

Aug 27, 2014

RT @_Kate_Allen: Two-thirds of homes sold in July were at discounted prices as market slowdown takes hold ft.com/cms/s/0/cd022a…

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Polish PM Donald Tusk takes populist route to re-election

ft.com — Polish prime minister Donald Tusk outlined a ream of populist measures on Wednesday, starting a year-long election campaign to win his struggling party a third consecutive term in office. Mr Tusk, who trails his conservative opponents in polling
Aug 27, 2014

RT @HenryJFoy: My first dispatch from Warsaw: Polish PM Donald Tusk takes populist route to re-election: on.ft.com/1vRn6HE @FT

Aug 27, 2014

RT @HenryJFoy: My first dispatch from Warsaw: Polish PM Donald Tusk takes populist route to re-election: on.ft.com/1vRn6HE @FT

Aug 27, 2014

My first dispatch from Warsaw: Polish PM Donald Tusk takes populist route to re-election: on.ft.com/1vRn6HE @FT

Silicon Valley’s diversity reboot

ft.com — Jesse Jackson calls it the "we can't find them" syndrome. The civil rights activist wants Silicon Valley to hire more black people and has little time for the most common excuse: that suitably-qualified African Americans are hard to come by. "They
Aug 27, 2014

“Culture fit’ comes to mean, subconsciously, ‘people like me" - @hannahkuchler reports on Silicon Valley & diversity ft.com/cms/s/0/920cf4…

Zara sparks outcry over T-shirt’s similarity to Holocaust clothing

ft.com — Spanish retailer Zara has withdrawn a child's "sheriff" shirt hours after launching it following a public outcry that the stripy top with a yellow star over the left breast resembled clothing worn by inmates in Nazi concentration camps during the

Poverty eradicated in a statistical stroke

ft.com — If you had to live on $1.25 a day, would you feel poor? How about $1.50? The difference may hardly seem worth bothering about. Many of the people reading this column spend more than $1.50 on their morning cappuccino. Yet depending on which figure
Aug 27, 2014

RT @davidpilling: Poverty eradicated in a statistical stroke - or how to produce 1bn poor people from a hat on.ft.com/1zE6WBV via @FT

Aug 27, 2014

RT @davidpilling: Poverty eradicated in a statistical stroke - or how to produce 1bn poor people from a hat on.ft.com/1zE6WBV via @FT

Aug 27, 2014

Poverty eradicated in a statistical stroke - or how to produce 1bn poor people from a hat on.ft.com/1zE6WBV via @FT

Watch bank stress tests for rate rise timing

ft.com — When will interest rates rise? For months, central bankers on both sides of the Atlantic have warned of a change in direction. Few policy shifts have been more widely telegraphed. So what are central bankers waiting for? Economic growth? We are well
Aug 27, 2014

RT @schaeferdaniel: MT @RobertJenkinsUK: when regulators sound the “all clear” with respect to banks, investors might want to take cover ft.com/cms/s/0/23340e…

Aug 27, 2014

MT @RobertJenkinsUK: when regulators sound the “all clear” with respect to banks, investors might want to take cover ft.com/cms/s/0/23340e…

Aug 27, 2014

Watch bank stress tests for rate rise timing, says Robert Jenkins MARKETS INSIGHT - FT.com on.ft.com/1ooBeCk via @FT

Aug 27, 2014

Watch bank stress tests for rate rise timing, writes@RobertJenkinsUK at FT.com on.ft.com/1ooBeCk via @FT

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War in Gaza: winners and losers

ft.com — Israel and the Palestinians have agreed an open-ended ceasefire to end Operation Protective Edge, the longest and bloodiest of three Israeli military campaigns waged against Hamas in the Gaza Strip since 2009.

“Pent-up wage deflation” works better in theory than in practice

ftalphaville.ft.com — Janet Yellen's thoughtful speech on labor markets last week has already received a lot of attention. One passage, which highlighted some recent research from her former colleagues at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, was particularly noteworthy, in part for its implications about the path of future wage growth: The sluggish pace of nominal and real wage growth in recent years may reflect the phenomenon of "pent-up wage deflation."

Venezuela’s latest ruse to tackle shortages: fingerprint scanners in supermarkets

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Aug 27, 2014

RT @counterparties: Venezuela will "introduce a rationing system using mandatory fingerprinting in supermarkets" to combat food shortages blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2…

Aug 27, 2014

Venezuela to "introduce a rationing system using mandatory fingerprinting in supermarkets" blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2… more socialist than Cuba

European Council presidency race is wide open with six contenders

ft.com — The mounting consensus that Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini will be chosen as the EU's next foreign policy chief at a summit on Saturday has turned attention to a race for the final big EU job that is still open, the presidency of the

Abenomics’ arrows fail to hit their mark

ft.com — Mid-August is Obon season in Japan, the time when people return to their ancestral homes and pay homage to the spirits of their ancestors. It is a time for reflection on the past, as New Year is a time to look forward. This year, Obon comes as a

EU looks to Italy’s foreign minister as foreign policy chief

ft.com — Europe's leaders are poised to select Italy's foreign minister as EU foreign policy chief at a summit on Saturday, despite concerns in some capitals that she is too inexperienced and will not be tough enough on Russia. The candidacy of Federica
Aug 26, 2014

RT @PedramKD: "@javiersolana: EU looks to Italy’s foreign minister as foreign policy chief: on.ft.com/1vLNOkX #FT"

Aug 26, 2014

RT @SpiegelPeter: It's as good as done: @FedericaMog to replace #Ashton as #EU foreign policy chief. @EUCouncil job wide open, though on.ft.com/1pdCcHC

Aug 26, 2014

RT @AndrewDuffEU: But can Mogherini do the job? Was EU enlargement mere self-gratification? Or can Russia be stopped? @SpiegelPeter ft.com/cms/s/0/2eaa8e…

Aug 26, 2014

RT @SpiegelPeter: It's as good as done: @FedericaMog to replace #Ashton as #EU foreign policy chief. @EUCouncil job wide open, though on.ft.com/1pdCcHC

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EM debt portfolio flows grind to a halt

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