Minding the tax gap.
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The Panama papers show how hard it is to keep on top of tax collection, but outsourcing to the private sector would bring problems of its own.
Cyprus is successfully exiting its bailout at the end of March after three years.
On welfare reform, it's a question of listen and learn.
George Osborne has a tough job on his hands.
As the UK government delivers its spending plans for the next five years, here's why a number of controversial cuts are on the cards.
Pushing our luck. Without a food policy, Britain is struggling.
Britain is more worried about being a food trader than building a system that properly feeds its people.
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We often get the facts wrong, but how we feel about austerity has serious consequences for the political class.
Right of centre.
Until this week’s tax credits debacle, the Conservatives have performed exquisitely the role of the reasonable and pragmatic English party that swears by its faith in “whatever works”. So far, under the…
Protestors took to the streets in Brussels to send a message.
New research shows texting combined with rising levels of youth unemployment were primary drivers of the unrest that has unsettled Europe.
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Across Europe, there has been a rise in the number of women earning the most in their family.
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Like Greece and Spain, Portugal endured a bailout and austerity. But it has not seen the rise of a Syriza or Podemos equivalent.
Strange bedfellows: UUP leader Mike Nesbitt (centre left) and DUP leader Peter Robinson (centre right) outside Stormont.
Stormont's parties refuse to conduct politics in any mode besides crisis mode.
Who needs clubs when you can dance in the street?
The real age of the rave was the early 90s, when politics and partying combined to extraordinary result. And once again we find ourselves in hard times ...
Taking the mic. Varoufakis.
Greece's 'accidental economist' speaks to the UK's leading minds on Syriza, the troika, and whether he’s just a little over-exposed.
Times are tough – for some more than others.
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The harshest cuts have yet to happen, but the bite is already being felt.
Front doors closed as indefinite strike continues.
The debate about museums as businesses is in danger of trumping defences of museums and galleries as public institutions.
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Making the NHS a seven-day service would intensify the pressure on the groaning social care system.
Jeremy Corbyn: the future PM?
Upstarts on the left and right are proving that people of all political leanings want change.
A Greek tragedy.
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Being poor doesn't make you a bad parent but families need protective factors to counter the negative ones.
Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and IMF head Christine Lagarde.
Greece can learn a lot from Africa's 1980s and 1990s experience of living with structural adjustment (austerity). The damage has been long-lasting – not only on economies, but also directly on people.
Unfortunately, the eurozone doesn’t exactly fit together like a puzzle.
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The last-minute bailout deal will keep Greece in the common currency, but at a cost of the dream that was the euro.