Finance

Could EU citizens get better UK access?

It has been said of the Prime Minister that it is as important to listen to what she doesn’t say as to what she does. When I interviewed her yesterday, I asked about an issue that is a live debate in government. Yes, the Prime Minister has been very clear about what the UK doesn’t want in its negotiations with ... Read More »

The successful women embracing ‘girl power’

“Embrace your inner girl” is not a phrase you’ll hear very often, particularly in the macho world of business where “manning up” is more de rigueur. Yet if you attend any major business conference this year, then you’re likely to come across “The Girls’ Lounge”. It might sound like a name dreamt up by an unimaginative spa owner or an ... Read More »

Does living to 100 mean we’ll work forever?

Will you live to be 100 years old? Even if you don’t – it’s pretty likely your children or your grandchildren will. While Brexit, China and Trump may be dominating the news out of this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, living longer is a hot topic in the cold and snowy mountain village, and one which many attendees are ... Read More »

EE mobile firm fined £2.7m for overcharging customers

Mobile operator EE has been fined £2.7m by the telecoms regulator, Ofcom, for overcharging tens of thousands of customers. The watchdog found that the UK’s biggest mobile network broke a billing rule on two occasions. Users who called its 150 customer services number while roaming within the EU were incorrectly charged as if they had called the US. That meant ... Read More »

VW chiefs ‘hushed up emission cheating’

VW executives knew about emissions cheating two months before the scandal broke, but chose not to tell US regulators, according to court papers. The bosses involved include Oliver Schmidt, who was in charge of VW’s US environmental regulatory compliance office from 2012 until March 2015. He was arrested on Saturday on charges that he took part in a conspiracy to ... Read More »

Pound falls on May’s Brexit comments

The value of the pound has fallen to a two-month low against major currencies after Prime Minister Theresa May signalled the UK would pursue a so-called “hard Brexit” from the EU. Sterling fell about 1% across the board. The only currency against which it gained ground was the Turkish lira. The Prime Minister told Sky News on Sunday that she ... Read More »

Toyota plans to invest $10bn in US

Japanese car giant Toyota says will invest $10bn (£8.2bn) in the US over the next five years – the latest car giant to announce major investments. The firm’s North America chief executive, Jim Lentz, announced the decision at the Detroit motor show. He said it had nothing to do with President-elect Donald Trump’s hostility to imported cars, but was part ... Read More »

Nigerian soldiers find Chibok girl kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014

Nigerian soldiers have found a schoolgirl who was one of more than 200 pupils kidnapped by Islamist militant group Boko Haram from their school in the northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014, an army spokesman said on Thursday. The troops had found Rakiya Abubkar wandering around near Algarno, a former Boko Haram stronghold, the spokesman said. She had a ... Read More »

SPD leader Gabriel expected to challenge Merkel in German election – sources

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) are expected to choose their long-standing chairman Sigmar Gabriel to run against conservative Angela Merkel for chancellor in September’s federal election, senior party sources said on Thursday. Gabriel, vice chancellor and economy minister in Merkel’s right-left coalition for the last four years, is more popular with the SPD rank and file than his recent predecessors but ... Read More »

Norway PM says UK lacks negotiating experience, fears ‘very hard Brexit’

Britain lacks experience in international negotiations due to its long membership of the European Union and this could slow talks on its departure from the EU, the premier of non-EU Norway said, adding that she feared “a very hard Brexit”. British Prime Minister Theresa May intends to launch by the end of March the two-year process of negotiations to leave ... Read More »