Monthly Archives: May 2014

A developing theme in new music sees artists navigating the fine line between criticism and complicity – and revelling in the contradictions.

 

More than two and a half years before the 2016 election, the scaffolding to support a Hillary for president campaign is already substantially built. Richard McGregor reports from Washington DC.

 

In this week’s show, Jonathan Eley and guests discuss the prospects of TSB, the impact of a Scottish independence vote for investors and business, and whether there is money to be made from fracking

 

The recent European Parliament elections have transformed the continent’s political landscape. Anti-establishment parties have scored remarkable victories in countries such as France, Greece and the UK while mainstream forces have done less well. But good results for Angela Merkel’s CDU in Germany and Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party in Italy show voters have not completely turned their backs on the EU. In this week’s podcast, Ferdinando Giugliano is joined by Tony Barber, Europe editor, Hugh Carnegy, Paris bureau chief, and Guy Dinmore, Rome correspondent, to discuss the fallout from the elections

 

Though shortlisted for the prestigious photography award, Nigeria’s Abraham Oghobase has been refused a visa by the UK government. That’s a sorry state of affairs for a country that professes to be in the vanguard of cultural openness, says the FT’s arts writer. This week’s column is read by Alexander Gilmour.

 

Young activists in Egypt helped overthrow two presidents. But now, many are so disillusioned with the country’s politics that they have decided not to vote in week’s presidential election. Heba Saleh, the FT’s Cairo correspondent, reports.

 

With UK policy makers flagging concerns over the rising risks of a bubble in the housing market, Delphine Strauss, currencies correspondent, asks David Bloom, currency strategist at HSBC, how macroprudential measures would affect sterling. Also, what would be the knock-on effects of ECB easing for other currencies – and what does range-bound trading in the yen tell us about the state of the forex market?

 

President Vladimir Putin’s recent visit to Beijing took on added significance because of the deep divisions between Russia and the west, caused by the Ukrainian crisis. The two countries signed a landmark deal on gas supplies, as well as other agreements covering trade and arms sales. So is a new Russia-China axis emerging? Gideon Rachman is joined by James Blitz and James Kynge to discuss.

 

Are new lending rules slowing mortgage lending? Jonathan Eley and guests also discuss emerging alternatives to annuities, and whether the rally in small company shares is coming to an end.

 

Patrick Jenkins is joined by Daniel Schäfer, investment banking correspondent, for news of Deutsche Bank, whose new €8bn rights issue is set to include €1.75bn from the Qatari royal family in a move that goes against co-CEO Anshu Jain’s stated aim of steering clear of outside capital. Martin Arnold, banking editor, joins Daniel to discuss Credit Suisse, which is facing both monetary and criminal punishments over charges that it facilitated US tax avoidance. Senior Swiss politicians have also weighed in, calling for the resignation of CEO Brady Dougan and Chairman Urs Rohner. Finally, Sharlene Goff, retail banking correspondent, reports on Sir Richard Lambert’s recommendation of a new standards council to monitor UK banks’ behaviour, including their relationships with SMEs and handling of whistleblowers