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  • Swiss scandal haunts HSBC's former boss Stephen Green Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 12:17 PM ET

    DUBLIN, Feb 10- The scandal at HSBC's Swiss private banking arm is particularly awkward for former executive chairman Stephen Green. But the leaking of a vast array of detail about how HSBC's Swiss-based private bank allegedly helped some wealthy clients to dodge taxes has raised questions how Green apparently failed to spot serious control and compliance...

  • LONDON, Feb 10- British government ministers were unaware that HSBC may have been involved in wrongdoing in its Swiss banking arm until the "last couple of days", a spokeswoman for Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday. HSBC Holdings Plc faces investigation by U.S. authorities and an inquiry by British lawmakers after admitting failings by its Swiss...

  • ATHENS/ ISTANBUL, Feb 9- Greece and its euro zone partners engaged in brinkmanship on Monday, with leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras insisting his country would not extend its reform-linked bailout and Germany saying it would get no more money without such a programme. Escalating the rhetoric, Greece's finance minister said the euro zone could collapse "...

  • NAUSEA, Germany/ ATHENS, Feb 9- The European Union's chief executive warned Greeks on Monday not to expect the euro zone to bow to leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' demands in a growing confrontation over Athens' debt crisis. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who found scant support on a tour of European capitals last week for his plans to restructure...

  • LONDON, Feb 9- British Prime Minister David Cameron chaired a meeting with officials from the finance ministry and the Bank of England on Monday to plan for a possible Greek exit from the euro zone, a finance ministry source said. British finance minister George Osborne said on Sunday that Britain was stepping up contingency planning, and that the stand-off...

  • LONDON, Feb 9- Britain's opposition Labour Party said on Monday it would double the length of paid paternity leave for new fathers to a month if it wins a national election on May 7, a pledge that drew criticism from some business leaders. Labour, neck-and-neck with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives in many opinion polls, said it would also boost...

  • LONDON, Feb 7- Britain's opposition Labour party will demand that British tax havens are put on an international blacklist unless they clamp down on tax avoidance, leader Ed Miliband said, promising action if he wins May's election. Miliband, whose party is level in the polls with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, said British self-governing...

  • *Liberal Democrats bidding for second stint in coalition. SHEFFIELD, England, Feb 5- Britain's Deputy Prime Minister has two battles to win by May. Nick Clegg's centrist Liberal Democrats will have been in coalition government with the centre-right, anti-welfare state Conservatives for five years when the next general election comes around.

  • UK 'public spending is relatively modest'  Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 11:40 AM ET

    Discussing spending cuts in the U.K., Paul Johnson, director at IFS, says the difference in policy between Labour and the Conservatives hasn't been this wide since 1992.

  • *Strong new orders, jobs growth boosts UK firms- PMI. Survey signals quarterly UK GDP growth above +0.5 pct. A monthly survey by Markit/ CIPS of businesses in the dominant services sector suggested the economy as a whole is growing at a rate slightly above the 0.5 percent recorded in the final three months of 2014..

  • LONDON, Feb 4- Germany must relax its insistence on austerity and stoke domestic demand so struggling euro zone nations like Greece can grow their way out of crisis, the man who could be Britain's finance minister after May elections said. On Britain, the opposition Labor party's finance minister-in-waiting said Prime Minister David Cameron's planned...

  • LONDON, Feb 2- Dearly-loved and overburdened, Britain's national health system has become the top issue for voters ahead of May's election, after winter brought headlines of ambulances queueing outside hospitals and patients languishing on trolleys for hours. The NHS budget has been frozen in real terms for the past five years, an exemption from harsh...

  • *Scotland blocks new permits for fracking. LONDON, Jan 28- Scotland on Wednesday blocked the granting of permits for fracking and a local English council delayed a decision on two projects, casting doubt on British Prime Minister David Cameron's shale gas ambitions. Scotland, estimated to have around 80 trillion cubic metres of shale gas resources- enough to...

  • Brexit: UK should be a leader, not leaver.  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 11:45 AM ET

    Peter Wilding, director at British Influence, discusses the rise of UKIP, the euro currency and the potential of a 'Brexit' from the EU.

  • Invest in cybersecurity: Burbidge  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    Eileen Burbidge, partner at Passion Capital, says that we must bridge the public and private sector in terms of cybersecurity.

  • UK elections: Going to be a close one!  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:50 AM ET

    With 99 days left to the UK general election, William Hague, leader of the House of Commons, says this is "one of the closest" elections in terms of the opinion polls.

  • Conservative's Hague: English laws for English people  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:45 AM ET

    William Hague, leader of the House of Commons, discusses how the Conservative party aims for "fairness" when it comes to English votes.

  • Conservative's Hague: No coalition, thanks!  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:40 AM ET

    William Hague, leader of the House of Commons, says he doesn't see a coalition between his Conservative Party and UKIP after May's general election.

  • UK election campaign heats up  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 2:49 AM ET
    A double decker bus makes its way over Westminster Bridge, past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in London, England.

    CNBC's Phil Han reports on the state of the U.K. general election campaign, as the candidates count down 99 days until votes are cast.

  • Just 100 days before the polls, Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives and Ed Miliband's Labour party are both stuck on 32-34 percent of the vote, opinion polls show, weakened by surging support for alternative parties such as the UK Independence Party, the Scottish National Party and the Greens. "At the moment you have so many unknowns, it's not...